Wood ready to defend Dick's Sporting Goods Open title

By Travis Eldridge

June 17, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 7:52 PM EST

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It took a 35-foot putt across the 18th green just to get Willie Wood into a playoff during the 2012 Dick's Sporting Goods Open, Monday he returned to En-Joie Golf Club to relive that moment as a defending champion.

Wood was in attendance as the tournament held its media day at En-Joie Monday morning, and Willie was more than pleased to recount how his life has changed since winning the Dick's Open last year.

"They're good memories. You know when I made that putt on the last hole to force the playoff, it was exciting and something you think about all you're life and I pulled it off at a great time," said Wood. "By winning, it really changed things for me. I started getting into tournaments and I went on to win another event a month later. It just really springboarded me into some really good stuff."

Wood's win in Endicott was his first on the Champions Tour. He then went on to win the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship later in the season. Now, Wood faces a situation he hasn't faced in a while, being a defending champion.

"The big pressure will be in 55 days, because I'm the defending champion and I haven't been a defending champion in quite a while," said Wood. "There's always some pressure when you compete in any type of arena, so you just try to stay focused on what you have control over and hit one shot at a time."

Some other notable players coming to En-Joie this year include Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate, Larry Nelson and Mark O'Meara.

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