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Woodland in Lead Heading into Final Day of Sentry TOC

January 6, 2019, 9:11 AM HST · Updated January 6, 10:05 AM
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Gary Woodland has a three-stroke lead going into the final day of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Maui.

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    The 34-year-old Woodland is 17-under par (67-67-68—202) going into today’s final round and is set to tee off at 12:40 p.m. with Rory McIlroy who is 14-under par (69-68-68—205).

    Woodland has three career wins: 2013 Reno-Tahoe Tournament; 2011 Valspar Championship; and the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open which earned him entry into this week’s Sentry TOC event on Maui.

    At a press conference on Saturday, Woodland recapped his performance saying, “Yeah, it was a good day. I played solid all day, got off to a nice start. Nice to make the birdie there on 4. Obviously birdied 5. I would like to have not made the bogey there on 12, kind of got a little unfortunate. Hit a great drive down there, just plugged, and then kind of got bad second shot came up and it was in a divot, so that was unfortunate. But outside of that bounced back. It was a nice eagle there on 15. It was nice to see a long putt go in. And then finished with a birdie, was a big putt on the last hole.”

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    Woodland has led going into the final round on TOUR six previous times in stroke-play events, but has never gone on to win.  When asked how he would approach today’s final, Woodland said, “Yeah, I think the difference is I’m a completely different player than I have been in the past. I’ve obviously been in the position multiple times. It’s nice to build off those and take certain things out of them. But it’s nice playing with Rory, because one he plays really quick, we hit it similar distances so we can club off each other. And he’s a great guy so that definitely helps tomorrow. But tomorrow I’ve got to go out and play aggressive. I’m playing well enough where I don’t have to play conservative. I can attack and continue to trust what I’m doing and should be good.”

    Woodland received word Friday night that his grandmother had passed away in Kansas.  When asked if there would be any extra emotion going into today’s event, he said, “I got that phone call late last night (Friday). That’s been tough. She’s been downhill for a little while now. It’s been tough. And you try to prepare for that but you never really can. So that, definitely have a little extra emotion with me, but we’ll get through it.”

    McIlroy qualified for the event courtesy of his victory at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.  He was number two on the leaderboard after Saturday: 69-68-68—205 (-14).

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    Rory McIlroy is seeking to become the first player since Daniel Chopra (2008) to win in his first start at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. In Saturday’s press conference, McIlroy said he believes his confidence level is just as high if not higher than it would have been five or six years ago.

    He said a lot can change in a final round including the wind: “We have sort of gotten used to this wind the last couple, the last three days, and I know tomorrow’s (Sunday is) going to be completely different. It’s going to be coming out of a different direction, it’s going to be a little less. So probably a few adjustments to be made. But, yeah, another good round of golf. I drove it well again, iron play was pretty good for the most part, finished out well, holed good putts when I needed to to save par and some good birdies and just need to keep it going for one more day.”

    Third-Round Leaderboard
    Gary Woodland 67-67-68—202 (-17)
    Rory McIlroy 69-68-68—205 (-14)
    Marc Leishman 68-70-68—206 (-13)
    Xander Schauffele 72-67-68—207 (-12)
    Bryson DeChambeau 69-68-70—207 (-12)

    Sunday’s Tee Times:

    10:05 a.m. Satoshi Kodaira Tokyo, Japan 77 76 73 226
    10:10 a.m. Bubba Watson Bagdad, FL 70 79 74 223
    Michael Kim Dallas, TX 71 72 80 223
    10:20 a.m. Ted Potter, Jr. Ocala, FL 75 73 71 219
    Brooks Koepka West Palm Beach, FL 76 70 73 219
    10:30 a.m. Aaron Wise Las Vegas, NV 74 71 73 218
    Brice Garnett Gallatin, MO 73 72 73 218
    10:40 a.m. Billy Horschel Ponte Vedra Bch, FL 72 75 71 218
    Keegan Bradley Woodstock, VT 77 69 72 218
    10:50 a.m. Patrick Reed Houston, TX 70 75 72 217
    Francesco Molinari Turin, Italy 73 71 73 217
    11 a.m. Scott Piercy Las Vegas, NV 76 72 69 217
    Matt Kuchar Sea Island, GA 72 73 72 217
    11:10 a.m. Brandt Snedeker Nashville, TN 75 69 71 215
    Jason Day Brisbane, Australia 69 71 75 215
    11:20 a.m. Webb Simpson Charlotte, NC 70 72 72 214
    Andrew Landry Austin, TX 69 75 71 215
    11:30 a.m. Ian Poulter Woburn, England 71 69 73 213
    Cameron Champ Sacramento, CA 71 68 74 213
    11:40 a.m. Troy Merritt Meridian, ID 73 71 69 213
    Charles Howell III Windermere, FL 74 70 69 213
    11:50 a.m. Paul Casey Surrey, England 73 71 68 212
    Andrew Putnam University Place, WA 69 73 70 212
    12 p.m. Jon Rahm Barrika, Spain 70 71 69 210
    Patton Kizzire Sea Island, GA 69 71 71 211
    12:10 p.m. Kevin Tway Edmond, OK 66 71 72 209
    Dustin Johnson Jupiter, FL 67 74 69 210
    12:20 p.m. Bryson DeChambeau Clovis, CA 69 68 70 207
    Justin Thomas Louisville, KY 67 72 70 209
    12:30 p.m. Marc Leishman Melbourne, Australia 68 70 68 206
    Xander Schauffele San Diego, CA 72 67 68 207
    12:40 p.m. Gary Woodland Topeka, KS 67 67 68 202
    Rory McIlroy Holywood, Northern Ireland 69 68 68 205

    Sentry Tournament of Champions. Photo credit: Kapalua Golf.

    Sentry Tournament of Champions. Photo credit: Kapalua Golf.

    Sentry Tournament of Champions. Photo credit: Kapalua Golf.

    Sentry Tournament of Champions. Photo credit: Kapalua Golf.

    Sentry Tournament of Champions. Photo credit: Kapalua Golf.

    Sentry Tournament of Champions. Photo credit: Kapalua Golf.

    Sentry Tournament of Champions. Photo credit: Kapalua Golf.

    Sentry Tournament of Champions. Photo credit: Kapalua Golf.

    Sentry Tournament of Champions. Photo credit: Kapalua Golf.

    Sentry Tournament of Champions. Photo credit: Kapalua Golf.

    Wendy Osher
    Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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