Woodland takes 54-hole lead at Reno-Tahoe Open
For Your Game: Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland will take a seven-point lead into the final round of the Reno-Tahoe Open, a tournament that features the modified Stableford scoring system.
Woodland had an eagle and six birdies on Saturday at the Montreux Golf Club, and will need to hold off Brandon Steele, who went 7 under over his final six holes on Saturday to move to a 30-point total for the tournament.
In the Stableford, you receive five points for any eagle, two for a birdie, none for a part and lose one for a bogey and three for a double-bogey or worse.
Also in contention are David Mathis (29 points), Andres Romero (27), Charlie Wi (25), Dicky Pride (24) and Rory Sabbatini (23).
Woodland's last victory came in 2011 -- a year he'd be named Rookie of the Year -- and took the 54-hole lead behind a hole out for eagle on the par-5 second hole.
"Today was an interesting day," said Woodland. "I felt like I hit it really well, I just didn't hit many greens, especially early in the round. All in all, my short game saved me today."
While a seven-point lead seems sizable, the format can change a leaderboard quickly -- something Woodland is well aware of.
Woodland sandwiched birdies around a bogey on the par-5 ninth when he failed to get up and down out of a greenside bunker and two-putted for birdie on the par-5 13th before his 126-yard approach shot on the 439-yard 15th stopped 2 inches shy of the hole.
"It's tough to tell in this format," said Woodland. "Obviously, if you make birdies, you can move up quickly. Somebody can hole out on a par-5 and all the sudden a seven-point lead vanishes.