As Round 2 ended on Friday, 29-year-old Gary Woodland barely made the cut, at three over par after two rounds. Now, after playing an amazing third round, he has placed himself in striking distance of the leaders. Woodland started out hot shooting a six under 30 on the front nine, including an eagle on the par 5 2nd hole.
Woodland was on a pace for a record setting round until he was derailed a bit by Amen Corner. On the par 4 11th, Woodland suffered his first setback of the third round when he shot a one over bogey. Though he was still six under for the round, so all was not lost yet. Heading into the teeth of Amen Corner, Woodland would double-bogie the par 3 12th hole when he went into the water, to drop back to one under for the tournament. Thankfully for Woodland, he was able to turn things back around on the 13th hole; capitalizing on a nice approach shot, he was able to two put for a birdie to stem the bleeding.
After another bogey on the par 4 14th, Woodland was able to card a par on three of his last four holes to finish out his round at a three under 69, and even par overall for the tournament. It felt like a bit of a disappointing end to what, at one point, seemed like the beginning of a historic third day for Woodland. As it tends to do, Augusta National fought back against Woodland on the back nine after he seemed unstoppable on the front nine.
Woodland learned a lesson Saturday that many before him have — Augusta will not just hand over a green jacket willingly.