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Former KU golfer Gary Woodland makes a big splash at Phoenix Open without even picking up a club

Gary Woodland hits out of a bunker on the sixth green during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Gary Woodland hits out of a bunker on the sixth green during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

If you've been paying any kind of attention at all during the past 5 or so years, you surely know by now that former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland currently is one of the best players in the world and that he also was a heck of a basketball player back at Washburn before transferring to KU.

But there's so much more to Woodland, one of Kansas basketball's most famous fans, than monster tee shots, birdie putts and pristine scorecards.

This week, the PGA Tour captured some of that magic from the player currently ranked 3rd in the FedEx Cup standings in a short video posted on the PGA web site and on Twitter. And Woodland did not even have to pick up a club to make it all happen.

The moment took place in Phoenix at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where Woodland and fellow pro Matt Kuchar welcomed "Amy" to join them on the famed 16th hole for a little fun and the memory of a lifetime.

The rest is in the video, which currently has 1.86 million views and counting, and is a wonderful look at how golf can bring together people from all walks of life.

by PGA TOUR

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Brian Hosfelt

Ku fans should be proud of this...what a great thing for the PGA and Gary Woodland...not sure I could hang with Amy on the golf course...lol

3 years, 12 months ago

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Greg Ledom

Priceless in every way. I know I couldn’t hang with her.......and it’s been fun watching Gary come along the last several years. Hope 2019 is a good year for him on the tour.

3 years, 12 months ago

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David Kelley-Wood

This was just the greatest. From the comments on the YouTube video and the PGA Twitter page, it meant a lot to everyone involved. I can only imagine how special it was for Amy's mom and dad.

3 years, 12 months ago

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Ryan Shelton

If I par one hole on my local course, I do a happy dance. This girl just parred a hole on a PGA golf course (coming out of the bunker, no less!) with thousands of fans watching! Clutch player!

3 years, 12 months ago

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Bob Schutz

Gary comes across as a very decent guy. Good representative of the PGA and KU. I follow him every year at the Wells Fargo tournament here in Charlotte, wearing my KU gear. I always get the head nod as he goes by.

Very gifted athlete. Hope he has a great season.

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