Woodland Says Learning How to Play Golf Accounts for U.S. Open Win

One panel of experts say that the struggles that currently find Lydia Ko down the list are due to her lack of distance off the tee.

Another will point to 2019 U.S. Open winner Gary Woodland and say that his strength and length off the tee did not account for his failure to capture more wins.

Which to believe?

Either or neither, as every answer for the question of how to score better in golf simply raises additional questions.

Woodland readily admitted that any advantage he enjoyed on the course was due to his athleticism, which in golf terms means that he could hit the ball a long ways.

Asked what had held him back prior to his breakthrough Major win at Pebble Beach in the U.S. Open, Woodland simply responded, “It was just learning how to play golf.”

If by learning how to play golf, Woodland meant that he was able to stand up to the crushing burden of entering the final round with a one-shot lead without imploding, it would seem as though Woodland has learned how to play golf.

More than a few before him had taken larger leads into the final round of a Major tournament, even a minor tournament, and found that the pressure was too much to bear.

Woodland calmly went about his business and won, not only holding on to the one-shot margin he had at the beginning of the round, but building it to three shots.

The long putt he drained on the 18th hole to put the exclamation point on the win?

Extra chocolate sauce on the sundae.

The 2019 U.S. Open was the 35-year-old Woodland’s first Major victory in 31 attempts.

No one will dispute that it was Woodland’s work on and around the greens that supplied the win.

Most golfers, other than Patrick Reed, are quick to point the camera at the people who played a supporting role in his climb.

Woodland credited David Alexander, a sports fitness guru in Miami who has mentored athletes in many sports and whose approach is to go beyond the fundamentals of any particular sport and take a holistic approach that includes not just working out properly, but also how to eat, hydrate properly and even travel better.