Gary Woodland, Robert Streb set for year’s final major championship

Topeka native Woodland enters PGA Championship coming off 3-under 67 in final round of Bridgestone

The 63rd-place finish and 8-over 288 score might not look like much, but Gary Woodland will take some momentum into this week’s PGA Championship, the final men’s major of the season.


Woodland carded a 3-under 67 Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, climbing six spots in the final standings to earn $46,500 for his tie for 63rd.

Hideki Matsuyama won the World Golf Championship event by five shots over Zach Johnson with a 16-under 264.

After opening the Bridgestone with rounds of 74, 77 and 70, Woodland parred the first 13 holes of his final round before playing his final five holes at 3 under. The Topeka native birdied Nos. 14, 17 and 18 — hitting his approach at the 14th to 6 1/2 feet and his final two wedge approaches to within 2 1/2 feet (including 18 inches at the 17th).

That encouraging finish will serve as a lead-in for Woodland to the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C. The former Shawnee Heights and Kansas standout will play his first two rounds alongside Andy Sullivan and Kyle Stanley, with the trio teeing off from No. 1 at 7:10 a.m. Thursday and No. 10 at 12:20 p.m. Friday (Topeka time).

Woodland has enjoyed modest success at Quail Hollow, making the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship each of the past four years. He placed as high as a tie for fourth in 2015 when he shot a 12-under 276 that was nine shots behind champion Rory McIlroy but only two shots out of second.

Former Kansas State standout Robert Streb also will be in the PGA field. Streb will start from No. 10 at 6:55 a.m. Thursday and from No. 1 at 12:05 p.m. Friday. He will play alongside Daniel Summerhays and Chris Wood.

Streb joined Woodland and Phil Mickelson in the three-way tie for fourth at Quail Hollow in 2015.

Woodland and Streb are ranked Nos. 27 and 79, respectively, in the FedEx Cup standings.



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