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Born: 21 May 1984
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, USA
College: University of Kansas
Resides: Delray Beach, Florida, USA
Major Wins: 1
Euro or PGA Tour Wins : 3
Other wins: 0
Grass Preference: Bentgrass/Bermuda
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Performance Rating: ⭐⭐
Gary had a career best year in 2019, winning the US Open in June 2019 at Pebble Beach. Gary's win at the US Open came two months before his wife gave birth to twin girls, once again highlighting the positive impact a new arrival or impending new arrival has on a golfer. Gary himself cites the arrival of his son Jaxson in 2017 as putting golf into perspective (Gary and his wife lost Jaxson's twin during pregnancy) and it is no coincidence that his play has improved since becoming a father.
Injury problems (a torn labrum in his hip) blighted his 2020 and 2021 seasons. These have been the worst years of his career since 2012.
Gary will be on the comeback trail in 2022 after struggling with injury for a large part of 2020 and 2021.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Gary has a dreadful record at converting third round leads. He has led strokeplay events eight times in his career and only won one of these (he led after three rounds for his win in 2013 at the Reno Tahoe Open but this was a stableford format). It should be noted that the one he did manage to convert was his US Open win so he did demonstrate bottle on the highest stage when he needed it. However, overall Gary's Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set to ⭐⭐ given recent poor efforts when in contention.
➖ Began the Arnold Palmer Invitational 2 shots behind the leaders in difficult conditions and shot 73 to finish 2 shots behind winner Scottie Scheffler who shot 72. He dropped 3 shots in his last two holes when in the lead.
❌ Gary was one off the pace (2nd) going into the final round at the 3M Open. A 72 saw him slip back to 11th and lose out by five shots.
❌ Gary was one off the pace going into the final round at the Wells Fargo Championship. A 71 saw him slip back and lose out by three shots.
❌ Began the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge 1 shot behind Xander Schauffele. Shot an even par 70 to finish in 9th, 3 shots behind winner Daniel Berger.
❌ Led at the Hero World Challenge by a shot with a round to go but posted a 73 (joint worst of the day) to slip to 7th.
✅ Led the US Open by a shot with a round to go and shot a composed 69 to win by 3 shots.
✅ Gary led by 3 shots at the Sentry Tournament of Champions with a round to go. Despite shooting a five under par round with no bogeys he was pipped by Xander Schauffele's final round course record equalling 62.
❌ Held a share of the 54 hole lead at the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges but shot a 71 (2nd worst score of the top 25) on the final day to slip to 5th.
Avoid when playing here
Gary can be opposed on his first start after a win. In his next start after each of his four wins, he has missed the cut three times and finished 74th in his other start.
Goes well when fresh
Gary has an incredible record when making his first start of the calendar year. His finishes over the past eight years read 16-7-2-7-6-13-2-13. Three of those finishes have come at the limited field, Tournament of Champions but it's still a hugely impressive record. He also had a 9th place finish on his first start back in 2020 after Coronavirus had halted play.
Events to back Woodland
Gary is a past winner in Tahoe and has "great memories" of the area. If he plays in 2022 he'll be one to watch.
Gary won his most recent playoff at the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open but lost his two earlier playoffs in 2014 and 2011.
2021 Sanderson Farms Championship
"I love Butch and I'll still talk to Butch but unfortunately Butch doesn't travel anymore, so I don't see him enough. And Mark's out a ton. He's close to my house in Kansas and he's halfway between Kansas and Florida, so for me that's a lot of access. And it's been really good. We're working, he's got me back doing a lot of things that Butch had me doing which is very comfortable for me, so it was an easy transition and something I'm excited about........I've predominantly been a fader of the golf ball, but still trying to hit it pretty straight, but I have the ability to hit it both ways which is what Butch has been trying to get me to do for a long time."
"Obviously's everybody's dealt with a lot of stuff, COVID's been hard for everybody, but for me I've grown up my whole life being around teams. I had a big team around me. Being in COVID where I haven't been able to see Pete Cowan and Butch and Phil Kenyon hasn't been able to travel, there's been a lot of things -- Steinberg's a big part of my team -- not seeing those guys and being out here by myself, that's been tough. So things opening back up, kind of getting people around me again -- putting a lot of pressure on my caddie the last year and a half having to deal with me by himself. So it's nice to have people back out here and just makes me feel more comfortable and makes life a lot easier for me."