Chris Wood
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Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
6
5
3
4
4
4
4
4
38
3
4
3
4
4
3
3
4
4
32
70
2
4
5
4
3
4
4
4
4
5
37
4
3
3
4
5
5
2
4
4
34
71
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
2
5
4
35
5
6
3
4
4
3
3
3
4
35
70
4
5
4
4
3
5
5
3
4
3
36
4
4
3
4
4
3
2
4
4
32
68
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
4
6
5
3
4
4
4
4
4
38
2
4
5
4
3
4
4
4
4
5
37
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
2
5
4
35
4
5
4
4
3
5
5
3
4
3
36
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
3
4
3
4
4
3
3
4
4
32
70
2
4
3
3
4
5
5
2
4
4
34
71
3
5
6
3
4
4
3
3
3
4
35
70
4
4
4
3
4
4
3
2
4
4
32
68
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
1
0
0
1
2
2
Birdies
3
3
5
5
16
10
Pars
11
13
11
9
44
20
Bogeys
3
2
1
3
9
15
Double Bogeys/+
0
0
1
0
1
12
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
28
31
29
27
29
10
Putts per GIR
1.73
1.8
1.69
1.54
1.69
27
Greens in regulation
61.11 %
83.33 %
72.22 %
72.22 %
72.22 %
4
Sand Saves
3/3
0/1
1/1
1/1
5/6

Born: 26 November 1987.

Turned pro: 2008.

Country: England.

Special interests: Cars, mountain biking, music, football.

Career highlights: Finished tied fifth in the 2008 Open while still an amateur. Finished tied third in the 2009 Open. Won his first European Tour title in the 2013 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

2015 highlights: Claimed his second European Tour title in the Lyoness Open.

2015 Majors: The Masters - DNP. The US Open - DNP. The Open - DNP. The PGA Championship - MC.

NGC record: Debut.

Story

Chris Wood makes his debut in the Nedbank Golf Challenge as the golfer who stunned everybody with his finish of tied fifth in the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale while still an amateur.

Shortly afterwards, on the advice of Darren Clarke, Wood decided to turn professional.

Wood came to the professional arena armed with an impressive amateur career in which he won the 2007 Ping/English Golf Union Order of Merit as well as the Welsh and Russian Amateur titles.

He gained his full European Tour playing privileges at the Qualifying School at PGA Golf de Catalunya in Spain, where he finished in a tie for fifth place.

On his professional debut in South Africa in 2008, Wood finished tied 16th in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and then tied sixth in the South African Open.

He had an impressive 2009 season including tied third in the Open, tied fifth in the European Open, and a host of top-10s, earning him the Rookie of the Year award.

It took him some time to claim his maiden victory, and this eventually came in the 2013 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Wood needed a birdie at the 18th to force a playoff with South Africa's George Coetzee and Spain's Sergio Garcia. He went one better and eagled the final hole to take the title.

In 2015, Wood claimed his second European Tour victory when he won the Lyoness Open, completing an impressive comeback to the game after he missed five months for a broken wrist which he sustained while playing tennis.

"At the start of the year, I didn't know how I was going to return. I had quite a serious injury in my wrist. The year has turned out brilliant, with a win in Austria and some other good finishes. I'm looking to finish the year strong," Wood said.

"It was a long winter at home, and five months off. You do worry whether you're going to come back to the player you were."

Wood is one of the tallest golfers on the professional circuit at 6 foot 6 inches.

His talent has impressed even Nick Faldo, and Wood will be looking to join an illustrious club of English winners of the Nedbank Golf Challenge that includes Faldo, Lee Westwood and defending champion Danny Willett.

Wood is quick to declare that 2015 has far exceeded his expectations after struggling with his injury.

Apart from his victory, in May he also won a BMW i8 sport car for a hole-in-one during the BMW PGA Championship.

"I just about fit in the car," said Wood, who the previous evening had joked with Miguel Angel Jiminez about it being his turn to claim a hole-in-one.

He heads to Sun City with a title of which he is very proud, namely two-time winner on the European Tour.

"It had been a while since the win in Qatar in 2013, but it feels a lot better to say I am a two-time winner on Tour. It is a very special feeling to win out here."