March 21st, 2011 by Kristofer Anderson
Gary Woodland made a crucial par putt after a wayward third shot on the 18th hole on Sunday. Webb Simpson then failed to make a similar par putt on the same hole to force a playoff. Simpson and Woodland both had crucial mistakes on the back nine as the pressure of the situation seemed to take hold. Woodland was able to make the deciding putt while Simpson was not.
Gary Woodland does not seem to have a lack of confidence. He appeared to have every intention of closing deal as he strutted around the Copperhead course and twirled his club after every shot. It is difficult to discern if he is a confident young golfer or suffers from the same attitude issues that have plagued so many talented young golfers. Aside from his short game, he has a very impressive swing and certainly hits it as long as anyone around.
The win is a huge stepping stone in Woodland’s career. He lost earlier this year to Jhonathan Vegas at the Bob Hope and this weeks win earns him a place in the Masters in a couple weeks. It seems as though every week a new young golfer is stepping on to the stage and claiming his place among the golfing elite. It should make the majors this year the most tightly contested ever. Particularly if Tiger and Phil can find some sort of consistency.