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Woodland changing swing

February 1, 2012

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— Gary Woodland was irritated that he couldn’t do better than a 70 on the North Course at Torrey Pines. It wasn’t much better on the South Course, where a 72 allowed him to make the cut on the number, and a 74 in the third round wasn’t enough for the 54-hole cut. Then again, the former Kansas University golfer realized it might take time for him to adjust to a new swing.

“I’m changing the whole path of the swing,” Woodland said. “I’d like to be ready for Augusta.”

Woodland already has gone through substantial changes off the course. When he left agent Blake Smith at Hambric Sports, he also wound up losing his swing coach — Randy Smith, the agent’s father. He left Kapalua at the start of the year and flew to Las Vegas, where he spent six straight days with Butch Harmon.

“The kid has a chance to be the best player in the world,” Harmon said Tuesday

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