Gary Woodland is playing in the British Open this week. All thanks to his wife.
Gary Woodland continued to garner more attention after taking down his first major earlier this year after winning the U.S. Open. Now, he heads to Ireland to try and add the British Open to his list of accomplishments.
It almost wasn’t the case.
If it was up to him, Gary Woodland would likely be staying home with his wife. She is due in two weeks or so with twin girls and is currently on partial bed rest. That didn’t stop her from pushing him to go and play the British Open.
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Things haven’t been easy for Gary Woodland and his wife, Gabby. Two years ago, they found themselves expecting twins. Unfortunately, they lost their daughter a few months before their son, Jaxson, ended up being born prematurely. He is doing well according to his dad.
The U.S. Open was Woodland’s fourth career victory on the PGA Tour. His first and second came in 2011 and 2013. When he claimed his third win at the Waste Management in 2018, he ended a five-year drought. He would pat his heart, blew a kiss, and pointed to the sky, as a way to honor his late daughter.
During his time at the U.S. Open this year, Woodland mentioned that his wife had suffered a couple of miscarriages last year.
Understandably, Woodland wanted to stay home with his wife in the approach to the upcoming birth of their daughters. Things have been tough for them over the last couple of years, but Gabby still pushed him to go. Woodland had this to say about it.
“So it was a decision, we sat down and we talked about it. And she was the one pushing me to come. [We’re] pretty confident they’re not going to come this week, but you never know. I’m hoping that’s the case.”
With two weeks left until they are born, both Gary and his wife are feeling confident enough that they won’t come while Gary is overseas trying to capture the Claret Jug.
“It would be a little tough if they came right now. I’m not going to be able to get home. But she’s hanging in there.”
Gary Woodland seems like one of the best guys in golf right now. Best of luck to him and his wife on a safe and healthy delivery to their baby girls when they decide it’s time. The health and safety of all of them come first. A British Open win? That comes second.