Reno-Tahoe Open. Gary Woodland Wins

Gary Woodland won the Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Nevada.

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 Gary managed to hole a 58-foot chip from the rough for one of his four birdies and also amazingly got up-and-down to save par five times  on his way to winning the Reno-Tahoe Open on Sunday for his second PGA TOUR victory. He finished with a total of 44 points in the Modified Stableford event. Gary said that he had tried to stay calm;

“It felt like it was meant to be this week, I tried to stay calm and really focus on what I was doing. Even though I wasn’t hitting greens I was hitting it in the right spots and gave myself opportunities to get up and down. I got lucky to find my ball on 14 there in the hazard and I kind of chopped it out. The chip that went in, I was just trying to get it on the green, let alone go in. It was one of the best shots I’ve ever hit. To follow up after Brendan Steele made the putt on 15, to answer him was huge, he had a lot of momentum and I sort of stole it all back and sort of rode it the rest of the way.”

Jonathan Byrd and Andres Romero tied for second place with 35 points, and Brendan Steele captured fourth spot on 33 points.

Jonathan birdied five of his first seven holes, and then followed that up with an Eagle on the par-5, 13th hole;

” My whole mindset was just to be a little more aggressive and give ourselves chances and just free it up. And I was able to do that today getting off to a hot start, just felt like I was off to the races.”

Played a Stableford event myself yesterday, came second on 40 points.

Reno-Tahoe Open, J.J. Henry wins with attitude

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J.J. Henry won the Reno-Tahoe Open on Sunday at the  Reno, Montreux Golf & Country Club, beating  Alexandre Rocha by a point in the modified Stableford event. J.J. gave some credit to his attitude in picking up the $540,000 winner’s check, on 43 points in the modified Stableford scoring format.

” It’s been a long time coming. A lot of it is attitude, wanting to be here, wanting to play, wanting to try to figure out how long a shot is playing. You have elevation, you have wind, you have uphill, downhill. The greens get firm and fast. I even said to some friends and my caddie, not to sound cocky or full of yourself, but I really thought I was going to have a great week. Sometimes when you believe it, good things happen. And that’s exactly what happened this week for me. Alex played great and really kept the pressure on down the stretch to make it interesting out there. To be honest, those are some stressful holes coming in,16, 17, 18. There’s a lot of drama and a lot of things that kind of go through your mind, good, bad and indifferent on those last couple of holes. I’ve been out here twelve straight years, so I’ve done something right, but it’s been six years since I’ve won. To finally get over that hump again means a lot, hopefully, I don’t have to wait another 176 starts.”

Just goes to prove that golf is a game that’s played between the ears.