ALUMNI UPDATE – WALKER, WOODLAND FINISH T4 AT GREENBRIER CLASSIC

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By Ryan Woodcock

Jimmy Walker and Gary Woodland had solid weeks at The Greenbrier Classic, finishing T4 at The Old White TPC to be the highest finishers of the week for former Gateway Pro Tour players.  Walker jumped into the Top-10 thanks to his bogey-free 62 in the third round, which he followed up with a 68 on the final day to earn his best finish since he finished solo fourth in the Sony Open in the first event of the year.  It was Walker’s fourth Top-10 of the season, moving him up from 72nd to 56th on the money list.

Woodland got off to a great start with his opening-round 65, then closed the week 70-67-69 to finish at 9-under par for the tournament, earning his sixth Top-10 of the season and third Top-10 in his last six starts.  He moved up one spot to 12th on the PGA TOUR money list, and now sits 7th in the FedEx Cup standings.

For the week, 19 former GPT players made the cut, with two (Woodland and Walker) in the Top-10 and five in the top-20.

Chris Baryla, Steve Bowditch, Chez Reavie and Chris Stroud all finished T18 at 5-under par for the tournament.  Baryla closed with a 67 on the final day and finished in the Top-20 after missing 14 straight cuts to start the season, while the rookie Bowditch earned his fourth Top-20 of the season, and second in his last three tournaments.

Reavie continues to play well, earning his sixth Top-20 of the year, and his fourth straight outing in the Top-20.  The last four weeks he has finished T5, T16, T13 and T18.

Other top finishers of the week include Michael Connell, who finished T27 at 4-under par; Blake Adams, Adam Hadwin and Aron Price T32 at 2-under par; and Fabian Gomez T43.  Hadwin performed well after earning a spot in the field following his Top-10 last week at the RBC Canadian Open, carding rounds of 70-71-68-68 for the week.

A handful of former players are lurking near the top of the PGATOUR money list, led by Bubba Watson, who currently sits in sixth place.  Others in the hunt include Gary Woodland (12th), Brandt Snedeker (14th), Martin Laird (16th), Spencer Levin (21st) and Steve Marino (26th).

For complete results from The Greenbrier Classic, CLICK HERE.

NATIONWIDE TOUR – UTAH CHAMPIONSHIP

Jeff Gove was in contention late for his fourth career Nationwide Tour win, but in the end couldn’t keep up with winner J.J. Killeen, settling for a runner-up finish at the Utah Championship.   Gove had an impressive 9-under 62 in the second round to stay in the hunt, and actually took the lead in the final round after his eagle on the par-5 third hole.  But he could only manage par the rest of the way, and finished at 18-under par, four shots back of Killeen.

James Hahn cracked the Top-5 after his final-round 66, finishing T4 at 16-under par; while Mark Anderson, Steve Wheatcroft and Danny Lee also cracked the Top-10 for the week.  Both Anderson and Wheatcroft shot all four rounds in the 60s to finish T6 at 15-under, while Lee shot 65-69 over the weekend to finish T9 at 14-under par.

For the week, a total of 27 players finished in the money, with four in theTop-10 and eight finishing in the Top-20.

Camilo Benedetti shot 68-66 over the weekend to finish T12 at 13-under par, along with Nicholas Thompson, who had the low round of the day (63) that followed up his third-round 74.  Jason Allred also had a disappointing 74 in the third round, but regrouped with a final-round 67 to finish T18 at 12-under with Brian Vranesh, who closed with rounds of 67-67 over the weekend to get into the Top-20.

Gove made a huge leap on THE 25 this week, vaulting all the way from 47th to 20th.  Kyle Thompson remains the highest-ranked former GPT player on THE 25, sitting at second, followed by Troy Kelly (4th), Ted Potter (8th), Steve Wheatcroft (9th), Garth Mulroy (13th), Martin Flores (16th), Roberto Castro (17th), Matt Every (23rd), and Brian Smock (25th).

For complete results from the Utah Championship, CLICK HERE.  For a look at the current THE 25, CLICK HERE.

That’s a wrap for the month of July.  Next up, the PGA TOUR kicks off August with the Bridgestone Invitational and the Reno-Tahoe Open, Aug. 4-7.  The Nationwide Tour heads to Omaha for the Cox Classis, also Aug. 4-7.  Great job last week guys, and good luck to everyone this week!