Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland qualified Monday for the U.S. Open for the second year in a row.
“I’m a great Monday golfer,” Woodland joked by phone from Florida, hours after completing his second round of the day.
Woodland fired rounds of 67 and 71 at MacArthur Golf Club in Hope Sound, Fla. Woodland’s 138 total tied Kevin Phelan of Saint Augustine, Fla., for the best score of the day. Travis Hampshire (139) of Tampa was the third and final qualifier among 49 players who attempted to make it at the sectional qualifier.
Woodland played well at the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black last year. After carding a 66 for the second round, he stood tied for 12th. He finished tied for 47th. His rookie season was cut short by shoulder surgery.
“I feel great,” Woodland said. “I’m healthy. My game’s better than it’s ever been. I keep playing better every week. The short game’s really what’s kept me around.”
Woodland made eight cuts in 18 events as a rookie and earned $121,031. He has competed in two PGA events this season. He missed the cut at the Valero Texas Open and tied for 32nd in the Byron Nelson Classic, which earned him a check for $35,317.
The 2010 U.S. Open will be played June 17-20 alongside the Pacific Ocean, at Pebble Beach, home to some of golf’s most breath-taking views.
Woodland said he expects to encounter better results than the last time he played Pebble Beach.
Woodland missed the cut at the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
“It was a bad week for me,” Woodland said. “It was the week my dad had his heart attack and his bypass. That was a long week. I was glad to get out of there. Now I’m excited to get back there.”
Woodland also sounded excited to learn that former KU golfer Chris Thompson had won an eGolf Tour event, earning a paycheck of $33,852.
“That’s awesome,” Woodland said. “Nice.”