Posted on Jun 17, 2019 in Alumni News, News, and Sports
Photo Courtesy USGA
KU alumni in professional sports reached a new height Sunday evening as Gary Woodland, c’07, won the 119th U.S. Open to become the first Jayhawk to claim a major golf championship.
Woodland played golf at KU from 2004-2007, after starting his college career at Washburn, where he played basketball.
“I went to Washburn to play basketball and I always believed if basketball didn’t work out then I had golf to fall back on,” said Woodland at a post-tournament press conference. “In our first game we played Kansas, they were ranked No. 1 in Division I. I was guarding Kirk Hinrich and I was like, ‘Okay I need to find something else because this isn’t going to work.'”
A native of Topeka, Kansas, Woodland is a Jayhawk through and through. See for yourself:
The practice was worth it. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XoI0ilnTK1
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 17, 2019