Can a back-in-form Chris Wood roll back the years at the Open?
You might recall that in Fanto’s Fantasy Golf contests, you are required to pick 2 players from each of 4 categories labelled A-D, so let’s be honest with each other – we could tip anyone for Category A and find valid reasons why they can compete (although Sergio definitely is the pick of the bunch – just saying!). There are still plenty of players to choose from in Category B but Categories C and D are far more challenging!
Whenever you are looking at outsiders you are always going to expect volatile results but finding someone with a little pedigree at the tournament is essential. It is for this reason that Chris Wood shone out as our pick from Category C.
As an amateur Chris Wood showed plenty of potential. None more so than at his first appearance at the Open in 2008. A final finish of tied 5th, top amateur and a brief flirtation as a possible winner seriously underlined this. What made the weekend even more special was his Dad being the caddie!
The following year he bettered that 5th place and finished 3rd! A career full of promise it would seem! Sports can be a cruel mistress sometimes though and Wood has never gone on to reach the same heights with only two tied 23rd finishes in all the Majors he has played since.
Wood’s form on the European Tour in 2017 has been solid. He finished 2nd at the Nordea Masters in June and 4th at the Volvo China Open in April, suggesting that he is striking the ball well. With his previous record and the warm feeling of the Open maybe Wood can rediscover some of his early Open form?
And who knows what would have happened had Wood played in Austria? Maybe he would have picked up a win? But instead he pulled out for controversial, but valid, reasons in order to qualify for the US open.
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