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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 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

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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.
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

Chris Wood put himself behind the 8-ball early and was eventually eliminated 2&1 by Daniel Brooks in round two of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland.

Top seed Wood, who beat Brett Rumford 4&3 on day one, was a big favorite to beat World No. 444 Brooks but was in trouble early after his opponent landed the first two holes. He then committed the crime of losing the 5th, 7th and 8th to pars before Brooks turned the screw with a winning birdie at 9. From 6 down with 8 to play, it looked hopeless for Wood but he did give himself hope by capturing 11, 12 and 14 with birdies and 16 with a par. But needing to win the final two holes to extend the match, Wood's par at the short 17th was matched by Brooks and that was game over. Brooks now meets Max Kieffer, who also upset the odds to beat Mikko Ilonen in their last 32 match.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 09:01:00 AM

Chris Wood hopes to put the bad luck of Royal Troon behind him when he tees it up at the 2016 PGA Championship hosted by Baltusrol Golf Club.

Since opening his major championship log book with T5 as an amateur in the 2008 Open Championship, and adding T3 12 months later on his second start in the big ones, the tall Englishman has failed to live up to those heights. Indeed in his subsequent 12 starts he has a best of only T23, achieved in the 2014 Open and this year’s U.S. Open. Most recently he was seen walking round Royal Troon in pain with a cricked neck. Physio enabled him to tee off, but the cold conditions and two hours golf knocked him back to square one - and he had to withdraw. He is 2-for-5 in the tournament but has never finished higher than T46. His height makes him vulnerable to injury and it is badly timed: following victory in May’s BMW PGA Championship, he was strong in defence of his Lyoness Open title (T6), had that solid U.S. Open and was T11 in the Open de France.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 09:57:00 AM

Chris Wood withdrew from The 145th Open during round one action, he was 3-over through 12 holes at the time of the WD. There has been no injury cited at the time but he entered the week with neck concerns.

The Englishman arrived with question marks after withdrawing from last week's Scottish Open at the 11th hour, but this event means so much to him that he gave it a go, anyways. The pre-tournament reports all poured in that he may sit this one out to make sure his health is good ahead of the Ryder Cup, so gamers at least had a heads up. He opened the round with a birdie at the par-4 second hole but bogeyed the next two holes, and four of the next 10, to fall back to 3-over. If any news pops up about injury confirmation, we will make sure we pass that information along with an update.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 01:40:00 PM

Chris Wood withdrew from last week's Scottish Open with a neck injury and is questionable to make his tee time tomorrow at The 145th Open.

Adam Pope of BBC posted a message on Twitter saying, "Bristol's Chris Wood on verge of pulling out of @TheOpen with a neck injury." While he hasn't back out officially yet, the video accompanying that tweet shows the Englishman explaining his injury. He mentions that today was the first time he's hit a ball in a week (since the Scottish Open Pro-Am). With a tee time of 2:26 p.m. local time, Wood will test the neck tomorrow morning and decide from there. Given this lack of certainty, gamers should not roster Wood this week in any format, unless they are aware of all the risks that come with it and want to roll the dice.
Wed, Jul 13, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Chris Wood pulled out of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links ahead of the first round.

The tall Englishman wrote on Twitter: "As you can see I've had to pull out of @AAMScottishOpen with a neck injury. Need to get myself ready for @TheOpen." The tweet was accompanied by a photograph of a giraffe with a bandage on its neck.
Source: Twitter
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 08:12:00 AM

Still fresh from the best result of his career Chris Wood will be hoping to ride the wave in this week's U.S. Open Championship.

It’s been a good few weeks for the tall Englishman. He arrives with form of 8-for-8 which has peaked with victory in the BMW PGA Championship and then a solid defense of his Lyoness Open title when finishing T6 last week. He heads to Pennsylvania eager to bring his major record back to life. Because it started so well: T5 as an amateur in the 2008 British Open, T3 in the same event 12 months later. But his subsequent 10 run-outs? Just the once inside the top 40 and then only T23. He’ll be focused on two things this week: the state of his long game, which was as good as ever at Wentworth in the recent victory, and his fondness for playing the short game from run off areas. Somewhat surprisingly Oakmont will witness his tournament debut.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 10:57:00 AM

Chris Wood returns to the Diamond CC for the Lyoness Open knowing that whichever way he looks, good memories will be prompted.

It’s going to be quite a week for the tall Englishman. After a week off he returns to action not only as the defending champion, but also the newly crowned winner of the BMW PGA Championship. Just about the perfect situation. Of course golf is never quite that simple. His victory at Wentworth followed seven results in which he felt frustrated at his inability to turn promise into returns. It’s a statement of the obvious that he can play great golf on the track and has played winning golf in the last two weeks. It’s not his game that will be tested this week, but his mind, with many distractions and a lot of expectations. Equally, he might be on such a high that he'll fly high.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 06:37:00 AM