Tiger Woods was able to cap a mostly frustrating week with a final-round 69 at Pebble Beach. Just don’t expect to see the 15-time major champ attempt to carry any of that momentum from Sunday over to another tournament soon.
Gary Woodland is known as a basher, 200 pounds of Midwestern might. That power was evidenced at Pebble Beach, Woodland ranking fifth in the field in driving distance and 13th in strokes gained/off-the-tee.
The old saying has it that there are three levels of pressure in professional golf: tournament play, major-championship play and the Ryder Cup. Gary Woodland is experienced in the first two of those, but has yet to feel the ultimate stress that comes with representing one’s country in the biennial contest between the United States and Europe.
Gary Woodland might seem like an unlikely leader halfway through this year’s U.S. Open, given that Pebble Beach, at just slightly longer than 7,000 yards, isn’t a ballpark built to reward the power game that the 35-year-old possesses.