Won his first major championship and fourth PGA TOUR title at the U.S. Open and advanced to the TOUR Championship for the seventh consecutive season (eighth overall), finishing the season No. 15 in the FedExCup standings. Qualified for the Playoffs for the eighth time in his 11th season on TOUR. Recorded eight top-10s, collecting more than six in a single season for the first time in his career, and made 21 cuts in 24 starts.
He first came to prominence as an amateur at the 1998 Open Championship where he holed a dramatic shot from the rough at the final hole to finish in a tie for fourth place. He won the 2007 Order of Merit on the European Tour and was ranked in the World top ten between November 2007 and July 2008. In March 2012, Rose won his first World Golf Championship event at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and as a result, he re-entered the world top 10. After finishing second to Tiger Woods in the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational, he rose to a then career-high world ranking of 3rd. After the Open Championship in 2018 he rose to world number 2. Following a loss to Keegan Bradley in a sudden-death playoff in the 2018 BMW Championship, Rose climbed to World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He won the 2018 FedEx Cup Playoffs and its US $10 million prize.
AT&T National: Held on for a victory at the AT&T National, his second victory of the season and of his career. Held a five-stroke lead entering the final nine, hit every green in regulation and made seven consecutive pars to finish the tournament and beat Ryan Moore by one stroke. Moore one-putted his last eight greens, including a 12-foot par putt on the 18th hole, for a Sunday-best 65 to make it a battle. Rose two-putted up a dangerous ridge on the tough 17th for par. And with the Fourth of July fireworks booming in the distance, he hit the fairway and green for one last par on the final hole. Rose finished the AT&T National at 10-under 270.
Advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs for the seventh time in eight-season stretch and made third consecutive appearance in the TOUR Championship (sixth overall), finishing T11 at East Lake to end his season at No. 26 in the FedExCup. Victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open marked his third career PGA TOUR title and one of three top-10s in a season where he made 21 cuts in 27 starts.
After turning professional, Woodland played in a handful of tournaments on the Nationwide Tour in 2007 and 2008. At the end of the 2008 season, he entered the Qualifying school for the PGA Tour, and finished in a tie for 11th, which was good enough to earn him a full card to play on the PGA Tour in 2009. However, he struggled for form in his debut season, making just eight cuts in 18 appearances before a shoulder injury cut his golfing year short in July.
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DP World Tour Championship: Was tied for seventh, six strokes off the lead when the final round of the European Tour's final event of the season, the DP World Tour Championship, began. Played a flawless round of golf at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. Made four birdies on his front nine and four more on the back, along with an eagle-3 at the par -5 14th hole, to shoot a 10-under 62. Eventually finished solo second, two strokes behind winner Rory McIlroy. Finished second in the Race to Dubai rankings, behind McIlroy.
Woodland held the 36-hole lead at the PGA Championship in 2018 with a total 130, which was a tournament record through the first two rounds. He led by a stroke over Kevin Kisner at the halfway stage. He started the final round at nine under par, three shots behind leader Brooks Koepka. He finished in a tie for sixth with a score of 10 under par, six strokes behind the winner Koepka.
Woodland made waves in the equipment world when he signed with Wilson Golf early in 2019. He used an eye-catching set of Wilson Staff Model Blade irons to win the 2019 U.S. Open, and then he put social media into a frenzy when he switched into a Staff Model Blade 2-iron at the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. Seriously, his 2-iron is why the “butter knife” stereotype exists.
The Open Championship: Made just three birdies in the first 36 holes of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, highlighted by a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday to make the cut on the number after rounds of 72-73 before finishing T2. Produced seven birdies against no bogeys in a third-round 7-under 64 which marked his first sub-65 score any major championship. His inward-nine 5-under 30 marked the low nine of any player in the last three Opens at Carnoustie (1999, 2007, 2018), while his 64 matched the lowest round in an Open Championship held at Carnoustie (Steve Stricker/R3/2007, Richard Green/R4/2007). Posted the clubhouse lead at 6-under 278 which was beaten by Francesco Molinari at 8-under.
Quicken Loans National: Defeated Shawn Stefani on the first playoff hole (No. 18) with a par-4 at the Quicken Loans National. Along with Stefani entered the final round of the Quicken Loans National trailing 54-hole leader Patrick Reed by three strokes, with both carding 1-under-par 70s to advance to the first playoff at the Quicken Loans National. Stefani recorded a double bogey-6 on the first playoff hole after hitting into the water with his approach shot on No. 18. Won in his first career playoff on TOUR. Claimed his sixth PGA TOUR victory in his 243rd start at age 33 years, 10 months, 30 days. Winning score of 4-over 280 was the highest in relation to par on the PGA TOUR since Reed won with a 4-over 284 total at the 2014 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. With another win, in 2010, joined tournament host Tiger Woods (2009 and 2012) as the only multiple winners of the Quicken Loans National. Opened with a 3-over 74, marking his highest start by a winner on the PGA TOUR this season, topping 72s by John Senden at the Valspar Championship and Scott Stallings at the Farmers Insurance Open. One of two international winners at the Quicken Loans National (K.J. Choi in 2007). Three-shot, come-from-behind win equaled Anthony Kim (2008) for the largest at the Quicken Loans National. Perhaps the shot of the day was a crucial 15-foot, 1-inch putt for bogey on the 72nd hole. His week included a 6-under 65 in the second round, the low round of the week at Congressional CC.
World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions: In his first start since winning the FedExCup, finished third in his title defense at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. Was never worse than T10 on the leaderboard after each round, entering the final round T2, three shots behind leader Tony Finau. Closed with an ever-par 72 at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China.
The Barclays: Shared the 54-hole lead with former U.S. World Cup teammate Matt Kuchar at The Barclays, thanks in large part to a stellar, second-round, 7-under 64. Eventually finished one stroke behind Adam Scott for the second runner-up of his career (2011 Humana Challenge). Strong showing at Liberty National jumped him 50 spots to No. 10 in the FedExCup standings.
In February 2019, Woodland invited Amy Bockerstette, a collegiate golfer with Down syndrome, to play the par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale during a Tuesday practice round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. After hitting her tee shot into a greenside bunker, Bockerstette surprised Woodland by parring the hole in front of a roaring crowd. The PGA Tour's video capturing the moment went viral, receiving 43 million views across various social media platforms.
Despite his early career struggles, Rose's career soon began to take off and he became established on the European Tour. In 2001 he opened the season with consecutive second-place finishes in the country of his birth, South Africa. He went on to finish the year in top-40 on the Order of Merit. He won his first professional event, the Dunhill Championship in South Africa, in 2002, and followed this up with three further victories in that year. They included another win in South Africa at the Nashua Masters, a win on the Japanese Golf Tour at the Crowns Tournament, and then he won his second European Tour title at the Victor Chandler British Masters, edging out Ian Poulter in the final round.
In 2010, Woodland divided his time between the PGA and Nationwide Tours. He continued to struggle for his best form but did not record a single top ten finish on either tour. He did display enough consistency to finish 92nd in the Nationwide Tour money list. Once again, he entered the season-ending qualifying school, and again he finished T-11, to secure a return to full PGA Tour status.
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard: Finished T9 for his fourth top-10 finish in 11 starts at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Opened with under-par scores of 68-66-71 and entered the final round trailing 54-hole leader Jason Day by four strokes before a 1-over 73 left him T9 and seven behind Day. It marked his fifth finish of T17 or better in his first six starts of the season.