Although last year Gary Woodland hadn’t finished in the top 10 of a major championship, on Sunday he won the 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach after held off a charge from two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka and gained his first major victory.
Woodland won by three strokes over Koepka who started the final round with 2-under par shot, a one-stroke lead, and finished 13 under for 72 holes, preventing Koepka from becoming the first man to win three consecutive U.S. Open titles in 114 years.
There some information about Gary Woodland you need to know:
- He firstly love to play basketball at Kansas
Woodland remembers his college hoops days when he wanted to play basketball, and then he eventually transitioned to be a golfer.
Woodland was a basketball and golf star at Shawnee Heights High School in Topeka, Kansas, nearby Tecumseh. As a senior he being named all-state and averaging 18 points and recruited by Division I schools to play basketball. In March, ESPN.com revealed a story chronicling how Woodland ended up in golf though he loved basketball.
Woodland was a hard-nosed defender and a shooter. Once he took a charge which landed him in the hospital.
He said that he remembered that one when he a took a knee, left on a stretcher and collapsed his trachea. That was on a Tuesday, he scored 20-some points on Friday and became player of the week.
Woodland signed to play basketball and golf in Topeka at Division II Washburn University. He realized golf was his future after opening his freshman season in an exhibition hoops game against the Kansas Jayhawks. Next year he transferred to Kansas to play golf.
Woodland said what he learned in basketball contributes to his play on the golf course. Basketball, although not always going to have your best, but you can find ways. If he is not shooting well, he can pass, he can play defense. There’s other things he can do. And he can take that to golf.