Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Woodland Remains in Hunt at Canada

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Woodland Remains in Hunt at Canada

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OAKVILLE, Ontario -- Gary Woodland doesn't need a reminder. He knows all too well it's been nearly four years since his last win on the PGA Tour.

He also knows that could change with just one more good round.

Woodland will take aim at his third tour win Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open. The Topeka native remained in the hunt Saturday by firing a 4-under 68 that left him two shots behind leader Charley Hoffman.

"Obviously it's been a while for me," Woodland told CBS following his round, referencing his 2013 victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open. "I've been in this position a lot, which is nice, and I had some chances earlier this year where I thought I could have (broken) through, which I didn't.

"But I'm excited where I'm at. I think my game is as good as it's been all year, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Woodland's third round was well off the pace of his performance Friday, when he came within a shot of tying the Glen Abbey course record of 62. But the former Shawnee Heights and Kansas standout refused to fade away when he hit an errant tee shot that required a penalty drop at the par-4 third hole and resulted in his first double bogey of the week.

Woodland bounced back with birdies at Nos. 4, 8, 12, 13, 16 and 17 against only one bogey -- at No. 14 where he missed a 4-foot par putt. His late charge featured a 202-yard tee shot to 6 1/2 feet at No. 12, a pair of routine birdies on par-5 holes and a 111-yard wedge to within 6 feet at No. 17.

"I played pretty well today. I think I played better than I scored," Woodland said. "I hit the ball pretty well. I had some putts that didn't go in, but I'm very comfortable with where I'm at and very comfortable with all aspects of my game."

At 15-under 201, Woodland is tied for third with Robert Garrigus, who authored the round of the day -- a 10-under 62 that matched the course record. …

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