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Chris Wood

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 189

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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. Sep 29 - 7:37 AM

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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.
Sep 17 - 7:42 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.
Aug 5 - 9:01 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.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 26 - 9:57 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.
Jul 14 - 1:40 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.
Jul 13 - 5:57 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
Jul 7 - 8:12 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.
Source: USOpen.com
Jun 14 - 10:57 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.
Jun 7 - 6:37 AM

Chris Wood blitzed the front nine in 29 shots on his way to a breakthrough victory in the BMW PGA Championship over the famous West Course at Wentworth.

The Englishman began the day 3 shots off the lead, but immediately thrust himself into genuine contention with a magnificent approach to the 473-yard par-4 1st hole which left him a mere 2-feet for birdie. He dropped the putt and when he drained another from 20-feet for eagle on No. 4 he was flying. Red numbers followed at 5, 7 and 9 as he made the turn 6-under the card, at which point he had escaped the field and held a 4-shot lead. The back nine was a struggle. He dropped a shot on 10, got it back on 11, and worse was to follow: shaky bogeys on 14, 16 and 17 made for a nervous conclusion, but he completed the par on 18 that confirmed the win. The 54-hole leader in 2010, Wood went backwards in round four. This year he made up for it with a 3-under-par final round of 29-40=69 for a winning 9-under 279 total and a one shot victory over Rikard Karlberg. "One thing helped," he said afterwards, "we had perfect numbers all day and that makes scoring a lot easier."
May 29 - 12:18 PM

Chris Wood tees it up in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at The K Club, having been seen just the once since The Masters in early April.

The tall Englishman will be keen to get his teeth into the season now that it hits mainland Europe for a concerted period and there is no better place for him to start than in Ireland, where he has a very solid record. He's banked four top 20s in the Irish Open (to sit alongside two missed cuts). There might be a sense of what-if about that log, too, given that he was leading at halfway last year at Royal County Down before falling back to T16. He's had a curious season so far: in his first five starts he finished T3 in Nedbank Challenge and T8 in Dubai Desert Classic, but also threw in three missed cuts. Since then he's made all four cuts but not finished better than T20.
May 17 - 11:54 AM

After a six-year gap, Chris Wood returns to Augusta National this week to play in his second Masters.

Despite back-to-back top fives (T5 Royal Birkdale 2008, T3 Turnberry 2009) in the Open Championship, Wood admitted that he was only there to make up the numbers on his Masters debut in 2010 and missed the cut by a distance after shooting 78-76. He'll feel better equipped this time and returns to the iconic par 72 at 46 in the OWGR. The towering Englishman has warmed up with three starts on American soil. He posted T42 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and a promising T20 at Bay Hill but lost all three matches in the WGC-Dell Match Play so a lack of consistency makes him a risky play for managers. Wood tees off at 9:04 local time on Thursday morning alongside Thongchai Jaidee and Webb Simpson.
Source: Masters.com
Apr 6 - 5:04 AM

Chris Wood heads to the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play for the third time - and he's still seeking a first win.

It’s not been a happy tournament for the Englishman who was a first round loser in both 2010 and 2013. Lined up in Group 6 with Adam Scott, Bill Haas and Thomas Pieters he does at least have better vibes from his match play experience elsewhere. Back in 2009 he reaped 4.5 points from 5 in the Seve Trophy and went 2-1 in January’s EurAsia Cup, including a singles victory over last week’s Indian Open victor S.S.P. Chawrasia. He was also 2-2 in the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship and 3-1 in last summer’s Paul Lawrie Match Play. Heads to Austin Country Club off the back of T42 at Doral and T20 at Bay Hill.
Mar 22 - 8:36 AM

Chris Wood fired up the leaderboard with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, arriving at the midpoint having tallied 3-under 141.

The Englishman kept a colorful scorecard today, circling six birdies and squaring just three bogeys. His approach game led the way today, landing 15 greens in regulation despite splitting just six (of 14) fairways. Unfortunately, the putter was just mediocre, rolling in just two putts from outside seven feet. He walked off the course at +0.018 strokes gained:putting, almost exactly field average. Wood has avoided anything worse than a bogey thus far, and will be a key factor in determining his finishing position by week's end.
Mar 4 - 4:18 PM

Chris Wood orchestrated a second round 4-under-par 35-33=68 to post 8-under 136 at the halfway stage in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Desert Swing had thus far been a frustration to the Englishman, who had been stymied by poor first round performances. But after an opening 68 he gave himself the chance of fighting for the title rather than the chance to play at the weekend - and he didn't let the opportunity go to waste, adding the same number Friday. Starting on the back nine his first move was backward, with a bogey-6 on 13, but he bounced back to circle birdies on 14, 16 and 17. On the front nine he made a second consecutive eagle-3 on the third, before bogey on 4 and birdie on 5 completed the scoring. He missed 8 greens in round two, saving par six times from the grass, but failing to do so twice from sand. He needed a mere 24 putts in his 68.
Feb 5 - 4:08 AM