Hazeltine-bound: Chris Wood
In the next of our series profiling the players confirmed a place in Darren Clarke’s European side for The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National, we take a closer look at rookie and BMW PGA Champion, Chris Wood.
Born in Bristol, England, he took up golf at the age of nine and had a single figure handicap by 12. A successful amateur career followed including victory at the 2008 Welsh Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship just months before springing to global prominence at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, where he finished fifth to claim the Silver Medal for low amateur. Having earned his card at Qualifying School, he won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award in 2009. After a number of near misses, he claimed his first European Tour victory in 2013 at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters as an eagle at the last secured a one-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee. His second title came two years later at the Lyoness Open, while earlier this year he landed the biggest win of his career with a stunning triumph in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
European Tour appearances: 202
European Tour wins: 3
Top ten finishes: 41
Career earnings: €7,308,247
Ryder Cup record
2016 Qualification highlights
Made a strong start to the qualification period with four top ten finishes in the first six events including a second place finish at the Portugal Masters and fifth in his next start at the Turkish Airlines Open. His good form continued into the new season, starting with a third place finish at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, before his career-changing victory at the BMW PGA Championship in May set him on course for a Ryder Cup bow in Minnesota.
Wood's form during the points race:
“We played the EurAsia Cup at the start of the year and Darren was captain there. The videos he played in our team room, they give you goosebumps, and things like that really work for me.
“All I wanted this season was to give myself a chance to try and qualify for The Ryder Cup.
“It will be a dream come true to represent Europe.”