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Chris Wood

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

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Chris Wood's return to form couldn't quite magic up the win, but he was impressive in going toe-to-toe with winner Joost Luiten before carding 3-under-par 34-35=69 to total 14-under 274 and finish alone in second at the NBO Oman Open hosted by Al Mouj Golf in Muscat.
A birdie at the first hole allowed Wood to join pre-round leaders Luiten, Matthew Southgate and Julien Guerrier at the top of the leaderboard and before long the latter two had fallen away. Initially Luiten's burst of birdies took him clear, but he made errors whilst Wood added red at 6 and 12. When the tall Englishman found the bunker with his approach shot to the par-5 16th and got up-and-down from 40 yards to make birdie he pulled level with Luiten. Alas he made a bogey at 17, seconds after Luiten emulated his par breaker back on 16; the two shot gap was never breached. On Friday he admitted he was pleased to be playing the weekend after three missed cuts, but he didn't allow the surprise to faze him. An accomplished performance and next up is the Qatar Masters, a tournament he won five years ago. Feb 18 - 7:33 AM

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Two late errors cost Chris Wood a share of the 54-hole lead in the NBO Oman Open, his 3-under-par 33-36=69 left him one behind Julien Guerrier, Matthew Southgate and his good friend Joost Luiten on 11-under 205 at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat.

For so long the tall Englishman led the tournament after his front nine birdies at 3, 7 and 8 capitalised on errors by the 36-hole leader Matthieu Pavon and Southgate, who had burst from the blocks before encountering trouble. The third of those par breakers came after a majestic tee shot over the flag at the eighth before he drained the 10'0" birdie chance. A bogey at 11 was only a minor stumble; he ticked 13, 14 and 16 to sweep two clear of the chasing pack. But when he dropped shots at 17 and 18 (it could have been worse on the final hole; his drive rebounded back down the fairway off rocks), and others went in the opposite direction, he was left with a 54-hole deficit, albeit a small one.
Feb 17 - 8:10 AM

Chris Wood eased into the top five at the NBO Oman Open with a second lap of 31-35=66 that left him 8-under 136 at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat, three swings back of clubhouse leader Matthieu Pavon.

The Englishman is T3 on the live leaderboard with a few golfers out on the course capable of changing that, but it is unlikely to be significant if it happens. His own Friday performance was strong and also timely: a first sub-70 circuit since the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open in early November. It earned him an upward sweep of 20 places in the scoring and added weight to the notion that fine wind performers are favored by this Greg Norman test. Most of his work was done early in the round. He ticked 2, 5 and 9 on the front nine with an eagle-3 at the 598-yard par-5 eighth even better. His only red on the back nine came at the par-5 12th.
Feb 16 - 7:33 AM

Chris Wood needs something of a kick-start to his 2018 campaign as he prepares for this week's NBO Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat.

The Englishman is a past winner of the Qatar Masters in Doha which is good news because it is likely to be a better pointer to this week than the Dubai and Abu Dhabi events. He's also one of the class acts in the field. However a much greater concern is his form. He has opened the season with three missed cuts, hit only 24 of 36 greens in regulation in each of those appearances and averages 30.50 uses of the putter per round. It is also now 14 laps since he broke 70 (in the Turkish Airlines Open).
Feb 13 - 3:43 AM

Chris Wood scored his first European Tour victory in the desert but he's not made a big impact at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship which he'll be contesting for an eighth time this week.

Wood shot a 64 and took T19 on his Abu Dhabi debut in 2010 but that actually represents the high point. He managed another top 25 in 2011 but since then his course form reads: MC-70-65-MC-MC although he's shot Friday 68s the last two years. After firing 76 on day one in both 2016 and 2017 it's clear what he has to clean up. Wood's win in the desert came in the Qatar Masters but that event is known for its much windier conditions and suits links players. The Englishman, who boasts a pair of top fives in Open Championships, very much falls into that category. He missed the cut in South Africa last week so there are some doubts over him here and gamers may want to wait until Qatar before they pull the trigger.
Jan 17 - 5:52 AM

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.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 04:17:00 AM

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.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 05:48:00 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.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 11:02:00 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.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 10:58:00 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
Mon, Jul 3, 2017 05:55:00 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.
Sun, Jun 4, 2017 11:36:00 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.
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 11:25:00 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.
Fri, Jun 2, 2017 12:04:00 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.
Tue, May 23, 2017 11:11:00 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.
Sat, May 6, 2017 06:55:00 AM