The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


April 12, 2014

Mechanic gives himself belated 50th birthday gift


Woodland got off to a blistering start with a birdie at the first hole and an eagle at the second. On the par-3 sixth, he stuck his tee shot left of the flag and let it funnel down to about 15 feet from the cup. He rapped in the putt for another birdie.

Booming drives and short wedges left him with easy birdies at the ninth (a 4 footer) and 10th (from just 2 feet away). At that point, a huge gallery had hooked up with Woodland's group, the buzz quickly spreading around Augusta National.

Alas, the run ended when a tepid chip from behind the green at the 11th led to Woodland's first bogey. Still shaken from that flub, he made an even bigger mistake when his tee shot at the 12th rolled back into Rae's Creek.

Two more bogeys at 14 and 18 turned Woodland into a bit of an afterthought.

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