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Chris Wood

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 189

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If Chris Wood wants to return to the Ryder Cup next year this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club represents a great opportunity to start reaping big points.
The tall Englishman has a good record on the course at first glance, a better one with a second look with doubts creeping in on a third. Back in 2015 he registered 70-71-70-68 to finish T3 and 12 months later opened 69-69 to lie T2 at halfway. Blown off an even keel by the wind of Saturday he stumbled to a 75 and continued to go backwards with a final lap of 77 for T25. His Greens in Regulation stats were good both times, but last year his Total Driving and Total Putting efforts were nearly plum bottom of the class (maybe a consequence of the poor weekend). Oddly last week in Turkey his FP and stats were eerily similar to last year in Sun City: T23, 67th in Total Driving and 34th for Total Putting. Nov 8 - 4:17 AM

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After a poor week in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Chris Wood aims to find his form again in the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

The Englishman headed to Firestone CC on the back of an encouraging T14 in The Open at Royal Birkdale but carded 17-over to finish 73rd of the 76-man field. That was 33 shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama. Wood showed he could be competitive in a major on American soil with T23 in the 2016 U.S. Open but has struggled at the PGA. He's pegged it up six times, missing four cuts and managing a best of T46 in 2014. There look better options from the European contingent this week.
Aug 9 - 5:48 AM

Chris Wood couldn't match his 2008 magic but still managed a strong finish, closing with a 3-under-par 33-34=67 at The 146th Open, ending the week on 2-under 278, good for a spot just outside the top 10.

The Englishman crashed onto the scene back in his 2008 Open debut. Playing as an amateur, he finished T5, another year in which Royal Birkdale hosted the big event. Looking at his overall score, he improved by 12 shots this time, but the scoring conditions where much easier this time around. A top 20 didn't look so likely at the begining of the week as he found himself 4-over thru 7 on Thursday. He settled down and then built some momentum when he finished his Friday round with a hole-out eagle at the par-4 18th. The tall Englishman entered with some injury concerns (wrist) but he put those worries to rest.
Jul 23 - 11:02 AM

Chris Wood returns to the scene of his breakthrough at the top of the sport when he tees it up in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport this week.

Few players have introduced themselves in quite the fashion the 29-year-old did in this tournament. Firstly he finished T5 at Birkdale as an amateur in 2008, playing the final round with a charging Ian Poulter and then joining winner Padraig Harrington in the prize-giving ceremony (Wood won Top Amateur). 12 months later, now a pro, Wood shot a final round 67 to miss out on the Turnberry play-off by just one shot. He’s since gone MC-T64-T23 in the Championship (and missed last year with a neck spasm), but he’s been prepping hard for this week (despite more injury problems, this time with his wrist), making visits to the course and his putting coach Phil Kenyon who is based nearby. Shot 72-73 to miss the cut last week in Scotland. If he finds his mojo he can go well – beware the injury or beware the injured golfer.
Jul 17 - 10:58 AM

Chris Wood withdrew from the Open de Paris at Le Golf National ahead of the third round.

The Englishman had made the cut with rounds of 72-70 for a level-par 142 total, but wrote on Twitter: "Shame to WD from the French open today, but a wrist injury picked up in practice last week just got worse last couple of days." There is no further news.
Source: Twitter
Jul 3 - 5:55 AM

Chris Wood's hooked tee shot at the 72nd hole proved his undoing late in the Nordea Masters; he finished one shot shy of forcing a play-off with the winner Renato Paratore after a 1-under-par 37-35=72 left him T2 on 10-under 282 at Barseback G&CC.

It will hurt the Englishman that, having led going into the final round and made a hash of much of the front nine, he bravely fought back only to blow it on the final tee box. His lead was eaten away early when others made birdie and he squared 1, 3 and 7 whilst only ticking 6. He was now two behind with five men in front of him. However he then recovered, ticking 9, 10, 12 and 16 to draw level with Paratore, in the group ahead. On the 16th his pitch very nearly dropped for eagle; instead he tapped in for birdie. Once more, at 17, he was so close to taking the lead; his 20'0" birdie putt edged the hole. Then he hooked on 18, had an unplayable lie, forced his ball into a greenside bunker and couldn't hole it for par. The title was Paratore's.
Jun 4 - 11:36 AM

Chris Wood styled a 5-under-par 34-34=68 in his third round at the Nordea Masters in Sweden, jumping into a one-shot lead with 18 holes to play.

T6 at the start of day three, the Englishman advanced to 9-under 210 with a lap of Barseback Golf & Country Club featuring seven birdies against two bogeys. That put him one in front of Italy's Renato Paratore and France's Benjamin Hebert. It's a further shot back to Thorbjorn Olesen, who would have been level with Wood but for a double bogey-6 at the last. Replicating the start to his second-round 68, Wood got off to the ideal opening by splashing red at the first hole. He added another circle at 5 before giving one back at 6. His big move came three holes later as he charged forward with birdies at 9, 10, 12 and 13. Wood then birdied 16 to complete his set of circles on the par 5s and reach 10-under although he dropped one at the last. A poor weather forecast featuring both wind and rain will test his resolve in Sunday's final round although he's shown an ability to cope well in such conditions.
Jun 3 - 11:25 AM

Chris Wood thrashed a marvellous second round of 5-under-par 33-35=68 at the Nordea Masters, leaving him T6 on the live leaderboard on 4-under 142, four swings behind the clubhouse leader Jamie Donaldson.

The Englishman had a rollercoaster start to his second lap of the Barseback Golf and Country Club. He opened with birdie-3s at 1 and 2, followed it with a bogey-5 and bogey-4 at 3 and 4, then added an eagle-3 at 5 and birdie-3 at 6. Only then did he finally scratch a par and what's more he did it five times on the trot before circling the par-5 12th and then doing the same at the par-5 16th. It was an improvement of six shots on his first round and leaves him in a strong position heading into the weekend.
Jun 2 - 12:04 PM

Chris Wood will defend his BMW PGA Championship title over a newly renovated West Course at the Wentworth Club this week.

Two years ago the Bristol golfer made a hole-in-one at the 14th to earn himself a new car and then 12 months later he went one better, shooting a front nine 29 (equalling the tournament record) to earn a four-shot lead at the turn in the final round, just about enough for him to hold on and claim the biggest win of his career. It wasn’t the first time he had excelled on the West Course. In 2010 he had led going into the final round until a 77 upset the apple cart – he later admitted he was actually playing "too well" and couldn’t stop himself pin-seeking when it would have made more sense to golf sensibly. He was T4 in the recent China Open, when rounds of 68-65-68 finished off a week which started with a 72. A quarter final appearance in the GolfSixes followed, but there is probably little to take account of in that result.
May 23 - 11:11 AM

Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan needed a birdie at the final hole to earn hosts England a 2-2 draw with India in the opening group match of the new GolfSixes tournament at Centurion Club.

After the first two holes were shared in par, England made eagle-3 at the 516-yard 3rd hole to go 1-0 up in the inaugural edition of the pairs event in which all matches, under a Greensomes format, are played over just six holes. But despite their combined world ranking of 583, Indian duo S.S.P Chawrasia and Chikkarangappa S hit back with winning birdies at 4 and 5 to move 2-1 up with one to play. England got lucky on the closing par five as India three-putted, allowing Wood and Sullivan to tie the score at 2-2. That means the duo have a point apiece, with India being denied the three points that would have put them in a strong position in the four-team Group A. England now take on Denmark in Match 2. The top two teams in each of the four groups make it to Sunday's knockout phase.
May 6 - 6:55 AM

Chris Wood, who represents England with good friend Andy Sullivan, will test his talents in the opening match of the new-look GolfSixes on Saturday as the hosts take on India at Centurion Club in St Albans, UK.

Wood and Sullivan face S.S.P Chawrasia and Chikkarangappa S in the first Group Stage match at 10.30 local time before further Group A matches against Denmark and the Netherlands later in the day. The top two teams in each group qualify for Sunday's knockout phase. Wood last played pairs golf in the 2016 Ryder Cup and teamed up with Justin Rose to win his only non-singles match. The giant Englishman returns home on the back of T4 in last week's Volvo China Open so his confidence is high for this new format in which all matches are played over just six holes. Wood has also been doing promotional work this week for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth where he'll defend his title from May 25-28.
May 4 - 5:04 PM

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

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, 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.
Apr 4 - 5:39 AM