Gary Woodland's in the mix

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Long-hitting PGA Tour rookie Gary Woodland completed a 4-under 66 Saturday morning to finish two rounds at 1-under 139. Woodland hasn’t finished better than 28th this year, but finds himself in the mix at the U.S. Open.

He was 4 under through 14 holes when play was called Friday night. He played his final four holes Saturday morning in even par, with a bogey on No. 15 and birdie on the final hole. Woodland played in the same group as amateur Nick Taylor, who shot 65.

“I was excited, but there’s still a job at hand,” Woodland said about play being halted Friday in the middle of a memorable round. “This was just the second round for us. It was a long day yesterday.

“I had to go home and get some rest. I didn’t have much time to think about anything, just try to get some sleep and get back out here today.”

Woodland, 25, is fourth on the PGA Tour in driving distance at 307.3 yards per drive, most of which is carry distance. That is helping him on a wet Bethpage course, where roll is minimal.

“This golf course suits me as well as any golf course we’ve played this year,” Woodland said. “You have to fly it a long way, ... and I can carry it as far as anybody. The golf course was out there to be taken. When the golf course at a U.S. Open is open, you have to take advantage.”

Woodland had to birdie the final two holes of his U.S. Open sectional qualifier just to get to Bethpage. He birdied the final hole of regulation to get into a playoff, then birdied the first playoff hole.

Woodland has made six cuts in 14 starts this year.

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