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Summer 2019

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Welcome to Holly-Woodland Gary Woodland crashed the Pebble Beach Golf Links centennial party. R idding himself of the dreaded tag of being one of the best players never to win a major, Gary Woodland closed with a 2-under 69 to capture June's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by three strokes over two-time defending champ Brooks Koepka. Woodland, a 35-year-old Kansas native, had been 1-for-7 when holding a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour and had never finished better than a tie for 23rd in eight previous U.S. Opens. He also became the second U.S. Open winner at Pebble Beach to post a double-digit under-par score (a 72-hole aggregate of 13-under 271), bettering the previous record held by Tiger Woods (12-under 272), who won the 2000 championship by a record 15 strokes. "I just kept telling myself that records are meant to be broken," said Woodland, who hoisted the trophy on Father's Day with his dad, Dan, and mother, Linda, looking on. (Wife Gabby and son, Jaxson, were back at their Florida residence. She is due with twins in August.) "I didn't ever let myself think that the tournament was over." JOHN MUMMERT JD CUBAN

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