As he walked off the 18th green at the Plantation Course Sunday afternoon with a disappointing par and approached the scoring trailer, Gary Woodland spotted Xander Schauffele and made a beeline for him.
Playing in the final group at a major on a weekend for the first time, Gary Woodland overcame a not-so-surprising shaky start on Saturday at the PGA Championship. However, he came undone on a surprising occurrence on the 10th hole.
The talk heading into Thursday of the PGA Championship was that there would be plenty of low numbers to be had at Bellerive, with some analysts going as far as to say 18-under would be the winning total. While that’s still possible, the field will have some catching up to do to reach that lofty number.
If I’m reading my handy-dandy wrap-around calendar right, courtesy of the folks in Ponte Vedra Beach, the PGA Tour’s “regular season” is now more than one-third over, 15 of the 44 tournaments that lead to “The Playoffs” having already been contested. Never mind that my actual calendar says it’s only February.
Popular names occupied the leader board at the outset of play on Sunday, Gary Woodland’s not among them. It’s not that he is unpopular, only that as part of a cast that included Mickelson, Fowler and Rahm, Woodland was an extra.