WATCH: Gary Woodland Surprises Amy On The Today Show

Woodland surprised his friend Amy Bockerstette on the Today Show by letting her hold the US Open trophy

Gary Woodland Surprises Amy On The Today Show

Woodland surprised his friend Amy Bockerstette on the Today Show by letting her hold the US Open trophy

WATCH: Gary Woodland Surprises Amy On The Today Show

Cast your mind back to the Waste Management Phoenix Open when Gary Woodland played the 16th hole with Special Olympian Amy Bockerstette.

The American encouraged her to play the hole and the video went viral, and the pair have stayed in touch since.

Soon after his win at Pebble Beach, Woodland spoke to Amy, who has down syndrome, in a video call, and then the very next day he went on national TV to surprise her and show her the US Open trophy.

"We won that together, huh?

"We had a special day there in Phoenix and it's blossomed from there but the world needs a lot more of Amy in it, her attitude, her energy.

"It was contagious, I thought a lot about you on Sunday but I think a lot about you every day so thank you."

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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