Gary Woodland makes debut at 2011 Sony

Spring Horse Racing $400 Instant Bonus Bet | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Get your first deposit matched instantly up to $400 free! Plus split your bonus into 1, 2, 3 or 4 bets and have more chances to win!

Special Racing $100 Free Bet for New Punters | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Deposit $50 and get a $100 bonus bet to use on the Spring Racing Carnival!

GaryWoodland

GaryWoodland

With sub-freezing temperatures in Kansas this week, former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland will be teeing it up in short sleeves with temperatures in the 70s this week.

Woodland, a 2007 Kansas graduate, will make his 2011 PGA Tour debut when he tees off in the Sony Open Thursday.  Woodland is a member of the PGA Tour after tying for 11th at the annual Qualifying School in December.

Woodland first made the PGA Tour in 2009 and participated in 18 events before having his rookie season cut short due to a shoulder injury.  He had surgery in August of that year.  Prior to his surgery, Woodland had made eight cuts and won $121,031.  He made the cut at the U.S. Open that year and called that his golf highlight.

After the surgery on his left shoulder, Woodland was out of action for three months.  He was able to putt after three months and then hit chip shots after four months.  He returned to play after nine months, which he said was too early.

“I am just too competitive to sit on the couch,” he said.  Woodland said it took a full year after the surgery to be able to play without pain.

He returned to the tour in 2010 on a major medical extension and played in eight events, making three cuts and earning $95,815.  He posted his best career finish, tying for 21st at the John Deere Classic.

Woodland also saw time on the Nationwide Tour in 2010, making the cut nine times and posting five top-25 finishes in 14 events.  His efforts earned him $56,370.

Woodland said the time off actually benefited him.

“During the nine months off, my coach and trainer worked together to put out a schedule, which would make my body stronger and to help prevent any further injuries,” Woodland said.  “During that time I was able to learn what the weaknesses in my game were and work on making them strengths.  I worked on my short game and keeping my drives in play.  I also worked on course management.

Last month he was one of 29 players to qualify for the PGA Tour after tying for 11th at Q School.  He entered the grueling event with confidence.

“I had made eight of the last nine cuts on the nationwide tour and I was feeling good,” Woodland said.  “I had played well in Dallas in the early stage of the qualifying and then the finals were in Orlando, Fla. where I live, so I was familiar with the course.  I played better than I scored (at Q school), but I did enough to get by.”

As Woodland enters his third year on the tour, he has plenty of goals.

“I have to get healthy,” he said.  “I am not where I want to be and I have to continue to get stronger out on the road, which is tough, but I am ready to play.  A goal is to be in contention week in and week out.  During bad weeks you have to find a way to get the ball in the hole.  I would like to win a tournament and get into the finals of the Fed Ex cup, but the main thing is to get healthy.”

Woodland tees off Thursday at 1 p.m. Central time, in a group with Joe Affrunti and Shunsuke Sonoda.  The same trio will tee off at 5:30 p.m. Central time of Friday for the second round.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Harness &l Sports Special Betting Offers at bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

1. Get the winning odds with Best Of The Best, Best Tote or SP, BTote and Fixed Price!

2. Use Quickbet, bypass the standard betslip and get your bets on quicker!

Europe defends Royal Trophy at Black Mountains Golf Club

Spring Horse Racing $400 Instant Bonus Bet | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Get your first deposit matched instantly up to $400 free! Plus split your bonus into 1, 2, 3 or 4 bets and have more chances to win!

Special Racing $100 Free Bet for New Punters | bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

Deposit $50 and get a $100 bonus bet to use on the Spring Racing Carnival!

Fredrik Andersson and Europe Team

Fredrik Andersson and Europe Team

Europe dominated Sunday’s singles matches to produce an unlikely comeback over Asia and defend its Royal Trophy title with a 9-7 victory at the Black Mountain Golf Club.

Asia needed 2 1/2 points from the eight closing singles matches to clinch the win but the Europeans held them to just one, winning six of the eight matchups with the other two all square.

The Royal Trophy is a five-year-old Ryder Cup-style event matching eight-man teams from Europe and Asia.

Asia had led 6-2 going into the final day after sweeping the fourball matches Saturday.

Peter Hanson of Sweden gave Europe a good start, fighting back from 2 down to win nine of the next 10 holes, beating Liang Wen-chong, 7 and 6.

“It’s been a good day for me,” Hanson said. “Liang’s early birdies really woke me up to play my best. It was always tough to play the first match. And I needed to win my point get some blue up here early to help the rest of the team.”

Rhys Davies of Wales, Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden and European playing captain Colin Montgomerie also picked up wins and the series was tied at 6 1/2 after Henrik Stenson of Sweden birdied the last hole to halve his match against Noh Seung-yul of South Korea.

Italian 17-year-old Matteo Manassero then put Europe in the lead for the first time by beating Shunsuke Sonoda of Japan 1 up, but it still looked like Jeev Milkha Singh of India and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand might rescue the situation for Asia.

Singh was all square with Pablo Martin of Spain after 17 holes, while Thongchai was one up over Johan Edfors of Sweden going to the 18th.

But a superb approach shot from Martin landed only 18 inches from the pin on the 18th green, and after Singh missed his birdie putt, the Spaniard made an easy tap-in to clinch the victory for Europe. Edfors then won the last hole to halve his match with Thongchai.

“With the score we had by Saturday, I … didn’t expect to lose,” Asia Captain Joe Ozaki said. “But I realized the difficulty of match play. It could change very fast.”

Davies was making his debut for Europe and said he can’t wait for another opportunity.

“I love team golf,” he said. “I played quite a bit as an amateur, (but) this is my first experience as a professional and I thoroughly enjoyed it, just really pushing hard for our team.”

Enhanced by Zemanta

Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Harness &l Sports Special Betting Offers at bookmaker.com.au

www.bookmaker.com.au

1. Get the winning odds with Best Of The Best, Best Tote or SP, BTote and Fixed Price!

2. Use Quickbet, bypass the standard betslip and get your bets on quicker!