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Chris Wood (golfer)

Chris Wood
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Christopher James Wood
Born (1987-11-26) 26 November 1987
Bristol, England
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13.5 st)
Nationality  England
Residence Bristol, England
Career
Turned professional 2008
Current tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 2
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 1
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 2010
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T3: 2009
PGA Championship T46: 2014
Achievements and awards
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
2009

Christopher James Wood (born 26 November 1987) is an English professional golfer who currently plays on the European Tour. He was the low amateur in the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale and tied for third in the following year's tournament held at Turnberry.

Amateur career

Wood was born in Bristol, England. He went to school at Golden Valley Primary School in Nailsea between the ages of 4 and 11, before leaving to join Backwell School. He began playing golf at a young age. He was a keen footballer with aspirations to play for Bristol City Football Club but following a serious knee injury he devoted himself to golf. He became a member at the Long Ashton Golf Club near Bristol at the age of 9 and obtained a single-figure handicap by age 12.[1] Wood was the English Amateur Order of Merit winner in 2007 and 2008.

In May 2008, Wood won the Welsh Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Conwy. He finished with a score of 289 (74–75–69–71) to take the title by six strokes over teammate Sam Hutsby and by eight over Jamie Abbott from Suffolk. After his victory Wood said “I putted much better today. I stayed pretty patient all the way around. My swing felt good and playing with Gary Wolstenholme kept me relaxed. This is the biggest event I’ve won so I may take a few days off now.”[2]

On 17 July 2008, Wood teed off at Royal Birkdale for the 2008 Open Championship with his father as his caddy. He raised speculation in the press that he could have become the first amateur to win the tournament since Bobby Jones, who won it in 1926, 1927 and 1930.[3] He spoke about his qualification into the weekend of The Open and play at the tournament; “I love playing in front of a crowd,” he said after a two over par third round 73. “I've been getting standing ovations on every green. It's been awesome. But I must admit it is now getting daunting for me and I got nervous when they announced my name on the first tee in the third round.”[4] He finished joint fifth overall alongside Jim Furyk and was awarded the silver medal as the top amateur.

Professional career

After his success at the Open championship, Wood decided to turn professional.[5] In November he gained his European Tour card for 2009 by finishing in a tie for 5th at qualifying school held at PGA Golf de Catalunya near Girona, Spain. Wood admitted that he was delighted to secure his playing card and revealed his relief that the week was over. "I've worked really hard for this so I feel like I deserve everything I've achieved, but this does cap a pretty amazing year for me," he said.[6]

Through July of his rookie season, Wood has made 13 of 17 cuts while recording four top-10 finishes. A superb final round at Turnberry in the 2009 Open Championship put Wood in contention for his first major win. A birdie at the final hole would have sufficed but Wood's approach took a hard bounce and ran through the green. A par would have seen him contest the playoff but his par putt finished on the edge of the hole so he had to settle for a joint 3rd place finish with Lee Westwood. "I've never hit a nine iron 210 yards in my life," he told BBC Sport. "There's nothing I could have done about it. It went miles."[7]

Thanks to his performance at the Open, Wood qualified for the Dubai World Championship and was named the European Tour's rookie of the year. Finishing in the top four at the Open also gave Wood a spot in the 2010 Masters Tournament. He missed the cut by seven strokes.

Wood made a good start to 2011 by tying for the Africa Open but lost to Open champion Louis Oosthuizen on the first playoff hole.

Wood claimed his maiden championship in August 2012 when he took the Thailand Open on the OneAsia Tour. He followed this by winning the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in January 2013, his first European Tour victory, making an eagle on the last hole to win by one stroke. "It's a dream come true," he said after his three-under-par 69 took him to 18 under. "There's an enormous weight lifted off my shoulders. I feel like I can go on and win more. I knew it was going to be hard no matter how I played - winning on the European Tour is not easy."[8]

Amateur wins (2)

  • 2007 Russian Amateur Championship
  • 2008 Welsh Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship

Professional wins (2)

European Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 26 Jan 2013 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters –18 (67-70-64-69=270) 1 stroke Sergio García

OneAsia Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 12 Aug 2012 Thailand Open –23 (67-64-67-67=265) 2 strokes Jang Dong-kyu

Results in major championships

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T5 LA T3 CUT DNP DNP T64 T23
PGA Championship DNP T76 CUT DNP DNP CUT T46

LA = Low amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
The Open Championship 0 0 1 2 2 3 5 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Totals 0 0 1 2 2 3 10 6
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2008 Open Championship – 2009 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2008 Open Championship – 2009 Open Championship)

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

See also

Equipment

  • Irons: Mizuno MP-62 (3–4) / MP-68 (5-PW)
  • Wedges: Mizuno MP T-10 Black Satin 54/60
  • Fairway woods: Mizuno MX-700 (15), MP Titanium (18)
  • Driver MP-630 Fast Track (8.5)

References

  1. ^ Kroichick, Ron (19 July 2008). "British Open: That's Wood, not Woods".  
  2. ^ "Wood wins Welsh Title by six stokes". Retrieved 20 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "Amateur Wood eyes shock open win".  
  4. ^ Mahoney, Paul (20 July 2008). "Wood aims to turn silver into gold". Golf Magic.com. Retrieved 20 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "International Sports Management news release". 
  6. ^ "Open star Wood secures Tour card".  
  7. ^ "Wood misses out by a shot at Open".  
  8. ^ "Chris Wood wins first European Tour title with eagle".  

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