Many remember Chris Wood for his T5 performance in the 2008 British Open as an amateur and instant success seemed imminent for the Englishman for placing so high on one of golf's grandest stages. Fast forward to the 2013 Qatar Masters, where Chris Wood capitalized on all of his potential by claiming the championship with a final round 69 to win by one.
Beginning the day with a three stroke lead, Wood showed some early jitters with a double on the 223 yard third hole. He fought back to even par for his round with two late birdies on the front nine. Wood's play steadied on the back nine making seven pars and one birdie through the first eight holes. One stroke back on the final hole Wood, in FJ SPORT Spikeless, unleashed a bomb right down the middle of the fairway leaving him a six iron into the the par five. With great precision Wood played the six iron to 10 feet of the hole. Two putts for a playoff and one putt for the win, Wood curled the putt right into the heart of the hole for eagle, fist pumping his way to his first European Tour victory.
"There’s an enormous weight lifted off my shoulders today, I feel like I can go on and win more." Continuing, still elated from the closing eagle, "I knew it was going to be hard no matter how I played - winning on The European Tour is not easy. I've been knocking on the door in previous times and it's not happened. To get it today, to get my first win, it's such an honor. I'm so pleased.”
This is Wood's first European Tour victory in his 116th European Tour event. The win will also move Wood into the sixties on the Official World Golf Rankings, potentially earning him a spot in the Accenture Match Play. Chris Wood is also the first FJ player to win in one of our spikeless models.