Two Champions: A First Timer & A Hall of Famer

by Jeff Skinner

It was only fitting that a former basketball player stole the show on this March Madness weekend.  Kansas grad Gary Woodland was busy sinking putts as his alma mater was advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.  Woodland is an anomaly on the PGA Tour.  He went to college to play basketball, not golf.  He originally turned down a golf scholarship at Kansas to play Division II basketball at Washburn College.  Woodland eventually transferred to Kansas and played golf and made it to the PGA tour in 2009.  His win at The Transitions Championship comes in only his 33rd tour start.

Woodland, who can hit the ball a mile, used his putter to top Webb Simpson by a stroke.  He used only 23 putts in the final round and didn’t miss a putt inside 20 feet.  He was 17 of 17 inside 20 feet and holed four from ten feet or longer.  His putter was the difference in the tournament.

Karrie Webb continues to add to her extensive resume with another LPGA Tour win at the RR Donnelley Founders Cup.  Webb’s final round 66 gave her the Founders Title, her 38th career win and her second consecutive win of the season.  She beat a host of high profile Americans with Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome finishing one stroke back.

Webb’s career is may be overlooked by many.  She’s an LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame Member, has won seven major championships and has the career Grand Slam.  She is also the only woman to achieve the “Super Slam” on the LPGA which is winning all five majors available during her career.

In addition to her on course accomplishments Webb set a high standard for class and dignity.  Webb has been one of the classiest and most dignified players on the LPGA for years.  She is active in charitable works and is a wonderful ambassador for her sport.  She displayed her compassion immediately after her win when she said that in addition to her designated charity, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, she will split her “winnings” and send half to the relief effort for Japan.


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