Woodland scrambles way to Reno-Tahoe win

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RENO, Nev. -- Gary Woodland holed a 58-foot chip from the rough for one of his four birdies and got up-and-down to save par five times to win the Reno-Tahoe Open on Sunday for second PGA Tour victory.

Woodland finished with 44 points in the modified Stableford format that awards eight points for double-eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double-bogey or worse.

Jonathan Byrd and Andres Romero tied for second with 35 points, and Brendan Steele had 33 at Montreux Golf Club on the edge of the Sierra.

Woodland, also the 2011 Transitions Championship winner as a tour rookie, earned $540,000 for the victory and got a spot this week in the PGA Championship.

"It felt like it was meant to be this week," said Woodland, whose best finishes this year had been three ties for 16th at the Phoenix Open, Memorial and AT&T National.

"I tried to stay calm and really focus on what I was doing."

Byrd had an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey to set a single-day scoring record with 18 Stableford points that would have equaled a round of 64 under regular scoring.

Dicky Pride and David Mathis tied for fifth with 32 points, followed by Seung-Yui Noh and Rory Sabbatini with 31, and Chris DiMarco with 30.

Woodland, the 2011 PGA Tour rookie of the year who played basketball at Washburn before transferring to Kansas and becoming a golfer for the Jayhawks, didn't have a bogey Sunday until the 17th hole thanks to some nifty work around the greens.

"Even though I wasn't hitting greens I was hitting it in the right spots and gave myself opportunities to get up and down," he said.

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