Gary Woodland poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open on Sunday in Pebble Beach, Calif. [David J. Phillip/The Associated Press] Hide caption
They are called major championships for a reason.
Topeka native Gary Woodland won the U.S. Open on Sunday with a four-round score of 13-under-par 271, and his victory turned heads all across the country. From President Donald Trump to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Woodland’s first major conquest grabbed the attention of politicians, celebrities and sports stars everywhere.
Here is a small sample of notable social media reactions to Woodland’s win, the fourth of his PGA Tour career:
“Congratulations to Gary Woodland in winning the United States Open Golf Championship. Fantastic playing, great heart – there will be more in Gary’s future!” — President Donald Trump
“Congratulations to Topeka native Gary Woodland! The former Shawnee Heights HS standout and Washburn University and KU student-athlete was just crowned golf’s U.S. Open champion. Well done!” — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly
“Congrats!! That’s big time! @GaryWoodland” — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II
“Gary Woodland is one of the best guys in a tour full of them. Huge sports fan, regular dude. This will be very well received. Had to hold off the baddest man in the sport at the moment….and did….at Pebble. What a way to become a major champion.” — ESPN sportscaster and sports talk show host Scott Van Pelt
“KU fans sensed this would be a National Title year, we just didn’t expect it to be the US Open! Congrats @GaryWoodland! Way to make Jayhawk Nation proud! Rock Chalk!” — Brian Hanni, voice of the Kansas Jayhawks
“Congrats to the one and only @GaryWoodland. Couldn’t be happier for him and his family. Not a bad way to spend Father’s Day, GW! #USOpenChamp” — Justin Thomas, 2017 PGA Championship winner
“I’m VERY excited for @GaryWoodland the 2019 US Open Champ AND Kansas Jayhawk!!! #RCJH #USOpen #Proud #Birdie18 @ The Perry Hotel Key West” — Actor and comedian Rob Riggle
“Former @IchabodMBB Gary Woodland is the #USOpen19 champion! What a tournament & what an incredible story. Congrats @GaryWoodland !! #GoBods” — Washburn men’s basketball coach Brett Ballard