Golf-Woodland's PGA hopes nearly buried in sand trap horror show
ST. LOUIS, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Gary Woodland nearly buried his PGA Championship hopes in the sand with a triple bogey horror show in the bunkers on Saturday but dug himself out of trouble to remain in contention for a first major title.
It all went terribly wrong from there as his bunker shot sailed over the green and into the sand trap on the opposite side.
His third attempt was hardly text-book but the ball did manage to hang onto the greenside fringe, allowing Woodland to finally card a seven and slump to three-over for the round.
His preceding hole, the par-four ninths, had also been marred by a bogey, and the total four-stroke hit in two holes could have put him in a tailspin.
"For me to make triple on 10, to give myself a little bit of confidence, I told myself I did the same thing in Phoenix," said Woodland.
"And I really hit some great shots the next couple of holes, gave myself a lot of chances for birdie, and made a couple of them.
"It was nice to have that in my back pocket, been there in that same situation and came out on top."
Woodland said the bunker nightmare had followed what he felt was a "great swing" on his approach.
"I thought it was perfect and it just came up short in the bunker," he said.
"I was happy with the way I fought back, gave myself a chance for tomorrow, which was key."
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