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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Golf

Gary Woodland and wife Gabby expecting twins two years after tragedy

Gary Woodland wife Gabby

Gary Woodland’s win at the US Open on Father’s Day Sunday comes with very special meaning.

The 35-year-old golfer and his wife Gabby were expecting twins two years ago — a boy and a girl. They lost the girl in a miscarriage, and the boy, Jaxson, was born 10 weeks premature.

Jaxson has continued to grow since then and is doing well. He’ll soon be joined by siblings.

The Woodlands are expecting twins again as Gabby is due in August.

Winning the US Open marked Woodland’s first career major. He has been coming on strong lately, as he finished tied for sixth at the PGA Championship last year and tied for eighth at the PGA Championship this year and now has his first major. It’s a big one, especially coming after the family tragedy.

Gary Woodland rides fearless approach on 14th hole to US Open victory

Gary Woodland

Gary Woodland took a fearless approach on the 14th hole in the final round of the US Open on Sunday to help extend his lead, setting the tone for a strong close en route to his first major.

Woodland was only leading by a shot over Brooks Koepka but was able to increase the lead to two with an improbable birdie on 14. For his second shot on the par-5 hole, Woodland used a 3-wood and launched his ball over the massive bunker in front of the green to set himself up for birdie. It was a huge risk as he could have gotten stuck in the bunker. Many conservative golfers would view laying up as the safe play, but Woodland went for glory instead.

By getting near the green in two, Woodland put himself in position to chip and putt for a birdie and was able to shave a stroke to move to -12, pushing his lead over Koepka back to two. The decision to go big on the hole and having it pay off helped him win the tournament, along with his big chip on 17.

This is Woodland’s first career major win.

Brooks Koepka gets kiss from girlfriend Jena Sims before US Open

Brooks Koepka girlfriend

Brooks Koepka was once again in contention at a major championship entering the final round of the US Open on Sunday, and there will be no talk about him snubbing his better half whether he wins or loses.

Prior to the PGA Championship last month, a moment between Koepka and his girlfriend Jena Sims went viral when the four-time major champion ignored Sims’ smooch attempt.

Sims must have seen all of the comments on Twitter, because she was sure to get a kiss from Koepka after he won. Then at Pebble Beach on Sunday, the two did not misfire.

Koepka entered the final round four shots back of the lead.

Watch: Patrick Reed breaks club over his leg on 18th hole

Patrick Reed breaks club

Patrick Reed went Bo Jackson and snapped a club over his leg during a brutal 18th hole at the US Open on Friday at Pebble Beach.

Reed was on the par-5 18th and drove into the right rough to start the hole off on a bad note. He was able to get out of the rough but overshot the green on his fourth shot and wound up back in the rough. He tried to chip it out from there but muffed it, got stuck in the rough again, and immediately snapped his wedge.

Reed finally got close to the pin on his sixth shot and was able to putt his next shot in for a seven, finishing the hole with a double bogey.

Reed finished with a 2-over 73 for the round, a day after shooting an even par 71. He was on the cut line at +2, which is why his eventual save was so important.

Watch: Ian Poulter cards disastrous quad-bogey at US Open

Pebble Beach is the type of golf course where you can ruin your entire weekend with one tough hole, but Ian Poulter can’t really blame the challenging layout for his embarrassing quadruple-bogey during the second round of the US Open on Friday.

Poulter got into some trouble on the 3rd hole when his ball ended up in an impossible spot near the green. That’s when he briefly turned into a casual weekend golfer and simply could not chip the ball out of the rough. His first attempt went literally nowhere, and the second went about two feet.

Poulter entered No. 3 with a score of 2-over for the tournament, and he ended up carding an 8. That could be the difference between him making and missing the cut. We have seen Poulter hit some incredibly lucky shots at major championships in the past, but that was not his finest moment.

Watch: Jordan Spieth catches bad break with bunker shot that hits rake

Jordan Spieth get that

Jordan Spieth caught a tough break during the second round of the US Open at Pebble Beach on Friday, and it was one we are not accustomed to seeing on the PGA Tour.

Spieth put his tee shot on No. 2 into a fairway bunker, and he was trying to hit a long approach out of the sand with his second. His shot looked like it was going to get through the tall grass on the edge of the bunker, but his ball hit a rake and stopped dead in its path. You could hear on the TV broadcast how shocked Spieth was with the result.

To his credit, Spieth managed to punch his third shot out into the middle of the fairway and then get up and down for bogey, so the damage was minimal. Still, that isn’t the type of obstacle you want to have to overcome at the second round of the US Open.

Rory McIlroy holds up Kyle Lowry jersey after winning RBC Canadian Open

Rory McIlroy blew the field away to win the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday, and he knew just how to celebrate with fans following his big day.

After he fired a 9-under 61 to finish an impressive 22-under for the tournament, McIlroy walked off the course holding up a Kyle Lowry jersey. There were undoubtedly some Toronto Raptors fans in attendance, and they loved the move.

The RBC Canadian Open is held at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, which is about one hour south of the city of Toronto. McIlroy has clearly been following the NBA Finals and knows the Raptors are one win away from capturing their first ever title, so it was pretty cool to see him plan ahead.