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Chris Wood

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 189

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Chris Wood completed his impressive weekend at the Volvo China Open, adding a 4-under-par 33-35=68 to Saturday's 65 and posting 15-under 273, good enough for tied fourth.
That was just two swings more than the playoff number although the Englishman didn't really look as if he would ever be a part of it. Starting eight back today, he signed for six opening pars before connecting a trio of red numbers at Nos. 7-9. He lost momentum with a bogey-6 at 12 but delivered three birdies (15, 16 and 18) against a bogey over his final holes to secure his best finish since capturing last season's prestigious BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. That victory took Wood to a career-best 22nd in the world rankings but the lack of a top five since had seen him slip to 65th before his trip to China. He'll now look to feed off this result and work his way back into the top 50. Apr 30 - 6:16 AM

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Chris Wood caroused his way to solo fourth in the Volvo China Open, carding a third round 7-under-par 30-35=65 for a 54-hole total of 11-under 205.

The Englishman was electric Saturday as he moved 23 places up the leaderboard, but he will start the final round no less than eight shots back of the leader Dylan Frittelli who has scorched the Topwin Golf & CC track for the last 36 holes. Wood's third lap started in spectacular style as he ticked seven of the first 11 holes. He made birdies at 1, 4 and 11, but circled four-in-four at 6, 7, 8 and 9. Late in the day he also broke par at the 15th, but gave the shot back at the 17th. The 65 equals his best round to par in China, a 63 he closed the 2012 Hong Kong Open with. He last went this low in round four of the DP World Tour Championship in November.
Apr 29 - 5:33 AM

Chris Wood hopes to find some sharpness as he flies out to Beijing to contest the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC.

After T11 in Qatar and T19 in Dubai on the 'Desert Swing' he's not had his best stuff and in a run of events in America he made a first-round exit in the WGC-Dell Match Play, took T49 in the Houston Open and missed the cut at the Masters after shooting 74-77. Speaking to the europeantour.com, he said: "I've been playing alright but just not really scoring, hence why I need to keep playing. I have had a couple of weeks off since the Masters and practised hard at home, so I am ready for this week." Wood is 3-for-5 in the Volvo China Open although this is his first start at Topwin. On his last two starts in the country, the World No. 65 has finished T22 in the BMW Masters and T23 at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Apr 26 - 5:04 AM

Chris Wood is hoping some of last year’s winner’s magic rubs off on him as he heads to the 81st Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.

Twelve months ago an English twentysomething headed to ANGC as a new dad and ended the week with a green jacket. Chris Wood will be hoping the trend continues. Little Woody is just over a month old and whilst many golfers wait more than a lifetime to see ANGC, he’s getting his first visit this week - he's one patron who won’t be told off for running. If his dad is to improve on his first two visits (MC-T42) his entire game needs to improve. He’s hit it only 275 yards on average, never found more than 59% of the greens in regulation, never taken less than 1.9 putting average and is yet to break par in six attempts (average 75.5). Better news: he’s on a run of 20-for-22 in strokeplay, including all four rounds last week in Houston.
Source: Masters.com
Apr 4 - 5:39 AM

New dad Chris Wood will tee it up at the Shell Houston Open for the first time since 2010 - and will be hoping to make the weekend this time.

The Englishman is in the middle of a three week spell in the States which took in last week's World Golf Championship World Match Play (1-2) and leads up to the Masters next week; the obvious bridge was to give this tournament another try. Seven years ago rounds of 72-75 didn't work and he'll be hoping a return to strokeplay will help his form because he made the cut (and the top 30) at the Qatar Masters, Dubai Desert Classic and Mexico Championship. His wife Bethany gave birth to a boy one month ago so he has the tough act of being a dad via Skype lined up against the boost that having a son is reputed to provide any man in his profession, never mind a golfer.
Source: PGATour.com
Mar 28 - 6:22 AM

Chris Wood, searching for first career win in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, has been granted a good draw ahead of this week’s action at Austin Country Club.

The Englishman starts the week with the poorest championship record in the field, having suffered five defeats in five matches. Lee Westwood knocked him out 3&1 in 2010, Bubba Watson did so 2&1 in 2013 and then last year he suffered losses to Bill Haas (2&1), Adam Scott (3&2) and Thomas Pieters (3&2). He doesn’t have the strongest career singles record either (7-11-1), but he did go 3-1 through the Paul Lawrie Match Play of 2015 and also made a solid Ryder Cup debut last Fall. He teamed up with Justin Rose to down Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker, then took Dustin Johnson to the final hole (losing 1 down). It was somewhat surprising he got only two starts. Opened the season with MC-T11-T19 through the Desert Swing then T28 in the WGC Mexico Championship. Playing in Group 6, all of his opponents, like him, have won less than they’ve won in this event: Justin Thomas (0-3), Matt Fitzpatrick (1-2) and Kevin Na (3-4-1).
Source: PGATour.com
Mar 21 - 6:50 AM

World No. 52 Chris Wood fired a 3-under-par 33-35=68 to open his week at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, taking an early seat inside the top 10.

The tall Englishman setup plenty of birdie looks by landing 15 greens in regulation. His putter wasn't consistent but he capitalized in a big way by splashing home three putts from the 21-to-27 foot range. That was good enough to gain 2.357 strokes putting on the day. Wood does not play too many events in North America but he is a three-time winner on the European Tour. The last time Wood positioned himself inside the top 10 after any round on the PGA TOUR was R1 of the 2014 PGA Championship (T4 after R1). He'd go on to finish T46 that week.
Mar 2 - 6:13 PM

Chris Wood will be hoping to right his record at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; it's been going backwards ever since his debut there in 2010.

The tall Englishman opened 70-65 seven years ago to hit halfway in contention at T5. A third round 70 kept him at that mark, but a closing 73 saw him slip back to T19 and it's never got any better. He was T23 in 2011 so steady enough, but subsequent years have seen him go MC-T70-T65-MC. Somehow he had lost the knack of hitting greens in regulation. Having pegged 80.6% in that first year and 76.4% 12 months later he has since never once bettered 63.9%. His form elsewhere in the Middle East is no great worry: 5-for-6 at Emirates GC (top 30 each of the last five starts) and his first win on the European Tour came in the 2013 Qatar Masters. He ended 2016 with a run of 15-for-16 in strokeplay events, including five top 40s to finish and his biggest win yet, the BMW PGA Championship in May, near the start.
Jan 17 - 10:41 AM

Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan fired a bogey-free 33-33=66 in the second round of the World Cup of Golf in Australia, advancing England two spots up the leaderboard to T4 at the midpoint.

That's a solid day's work in windy conditions at Kingston Heath although the fourballs format also witnessed two 64s, two 65s and a stunning 12-under 60 by new leaders Denmark. At 7-under 137, England is five back of the Danes but still very much in position to pounce over the weekend. Wood and Sullivan birdied the par 3s at 2 and 6 today but couldn't splash any further red over the opening 10 holes. They made a move with birdies at 11, 13 and 14 before a final circle of the day at 17 edged them into the top five. Next up is another crack at foursomes where they shot an impressive 71 on day one despite a triple bogey-7 at 12.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 03:39:00 AM

Chris Wood hopes his decision to call up Andy Sullivan to partner him for England at the World Cup of Golf in Australia will prove the right move after the controversial omission of Lee Westwood.

Danny Willet had picked Westwood for the 28-team event but withdrew due to back concerns, thus giving that choice to Wood, who was the next highest-ranked Englishman after Justin Rose chose not to play. But instead of sticking with Westwood, Wood selected close friend Sullivan as his preferred partner. Both men have winning records in team match play (Wood W7, L4; Sullivan W3 L0) and the former teamed up with Rose in a foursomes victory over Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker in the recent Ryder Cup. England has only won this event twice, the most recent in 2004 when Paul Casey and Luke Donald took victory in Spain. That added to Nick Faldo and David Carter's win in New Zealand in 1988. Wood and Sullivan are coming off strong seasons on the European Tour, the duo finishing 11th and 14th respectively in the Race to Dubai.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 07:24:00 AM

Chris Wood styled a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club to hit the halfway mark on 6-under 138, T2 when he signed his card late in the day.

It's six rounds played at the course this season for Wood (unusually, the Nedbank started the schedule as well as being this week's penultimate tournament) and he is yet to card anything other than an under-par round, or even a day's play outside the top ten. He again showed his fondness for the track by ticking three birdies on the front nine, at the 5th, 7th and 9th. With those red numbers he moved to the top of the leaderboard, alongside Fabrizio Zanotti, when play was halted because of the threat of thunder. But Wood could only mark nine pars on his back nine, with Alex Noren moving to 8-under and taking sole possession of the lead. Wood lies in a tie with five other golfers on 6-under.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 11:48:00 AM

Chris Wood scripted a first round 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club.

The Englishman made his debut in the Sun City event 12 months ago and after a opening lap of 70 he was never outside the top ten; with this year's initial circuit he's still in that position, specifically T4, one shot behind the three early leaders. His front nine witnessed two red numbers at the 2nd and 6th, with a bogey at the 7th his only error of the day. On his return journey to the clubhouse he posted birdies at the 12th and 18th. He's lying eighth in the Race to Dubai so a strong week could see him on the brink of completing a top five ranking for a season whose highlight was victory in the BMW PGA Championship.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 10:04:00 AM

Chris Wood tacked on a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-34=66 to his opening 68 at the British Masters and came to rest at 8-under 134, just two off the clubhouse lead.

Wood, one of the few Europeans to emerge with an enhanced reputation at the recent Ryder Cup, looks to be riding that confidence and two fine rounds so far at The Grove have set him up nicely for a big weekend push. Wood has already tasted victory in front of his home English fans this season by winning May's prestigious BMW Championship at Wentworth. He put himself on course for a second triumph after carving out five birdies and 13 pars today. After an opening circle at 10, he connected the next three from Nos. 15-17 and added a final birdie at 5. Right now, he's T5 on the leaderboard and two behind pacesetters Andrew Johnston and Alex Noren.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 09:15:00 AM

Chris Wood will make his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota later this week.

The 6'6" Englishman's first experience of professional team golf was spectacular as he earned 4.5 points from 5 in the 2009 Seve Trophy. It seemed to back up the notion – following back-to-back top fives in the Open, one as an amateur – that he was bound for the Ryder Cup team. It's taken longer than expected, but he's earned it. Key to his qualification was victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May, a breakthrough which he claimed thanks to a stunning front nine of 29 shots which permitted him to make a few mistakes in closing out. A strong defence of his Lyoness Open (T6) followed two weeks later, then T11 in the Open de France. But a ricked neck ruined his participation in the Open and he's treaded water somewhat since, with his T20 at the Italian Open last time out his best stroke play finish. Won two, lost one under Darren Clarke's captaincy at this year's EurAsia Cup. Will be a slight concern that he is 0-5 in the WGC World Match Play.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 07:37:00 AM

With a red-hot putter, Chris Wood sprinkled nine circles on his scorecard in a second-round 8-under-par 32-31=63 at the Italian Open on Saturday, good enough to leap 41 spots up the leaderboard to solo fifth.

At 10-under 132, that's just three swings behind leader Chris Paisley and makes him one of four Englishmen in the top five at Golf Club Milano. Despite the lengthy interruptions for bad weather and having to wait until Saturday to play his second round, Wood found his rhythm straight away. His nine birdies all came in the first 13 holes along with a bogey at 3 and he threw down six in seven either side of the turn (8, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 14). Wood's eye-popping stats show that he needed just 19 putts in round two after finding only nine greens in regulation after hitting 7 (of 14) fairways. With Wood set to make his Ryder Cup debut in two weeks' time, captain Darren Clarke will be more than happy to see one of his men sinking everything.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 07:42:00 AM