Gary Woodland shoots a 3-over 73 in the first round of the 2021 British Open | Tale of Tait

Gary Woodland shoots a 3-over 73 in the first round of the 2021 British Open

Gary Woodland tees off the second hole in a practice round for the Masters Golf Tournament on Tuesday November 10, 2020 in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Gary Woodland tees off the second hole in a practice round for the Masters Golf Tournament on Tuesday November 10, 2020 in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

by Matt Tait

Across the pond, playing in the final golf major of the season, former University of Kansas All-American Gary Woodland shot 3 of 73 in the first inning of the 2021 British Open on Thursday in Sandwich, England.

Woodland played 13-hole peer-to-peer golf at Royal St. George on Thursday – bogey at No 4, birdie at No 10 and the other pars – but carded bogeys on three of his last five holes to fall into classification .

The former Jayhawk is only playing his fourth event since early June and the first since being cut off at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in the first week of July.

The British Open, with its different layouts and the unique style required to play well, has been the toughest of the four majors throughout Woodland’s professional career.

His best result came in 2016, when he finished tied for 12th in the event. Since then, however, he has finished tied for 70th, tied for 67th and missed a cut.

Woodland has at least two Top 25s in each of golf’s other three major tournaments, including the 2019 US Open title.

Woodland will need a solid second round to keep him around for the weekend. He is scheduled to start at 8:04 am Friday and will play with two-time British Open champion Ernie Els (+2) and amateur Cole Hammer (+5).

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