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AN INSPIRING SCENE IN SCOTTSDALE GOES GLOBAL By Doug Milne

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n rare occasions, the fondest memory for a player at a PGA TOUR event has nothing to do with a single shot he hit. At the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open, that particular moment for defending champion Gary Woodland, captured on camera and shared with the world, not only left an indelible mark in Woodland’s heart, but it also invigorated the collective spirit of millions of viewers spanning the globe. With but two swings and a putt, it also changed the life of 20-year-old Amy Bockerstette, an accomplished golfer who also has Down Syndrome. In what was intended to be a video feature for PGA TOUR social media channels, the idea was that Woodland would surprise Bockerstette in the gallery and invite her to play the famed par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale during a Tuesday practice round. No one knew what to expect. And, no one could have imagined the outcome. With cameras rolling, Bockerstette hit a 6-hybrid from 117 yards to the greenside bunker. Her blast from the sand left her just

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eight feet away from a par. By now, anyone not living on the ocean floor knows Bockerstette sank the par putt, after repeatedly stating to herself; “I got this.” “I’ve been blessed to do lot of cool things on the golf course, but that is by far the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced,” said Woodland. “To step up in front of all the people and hit the shots she hit and make par, I never rooted so hard for somebody on a golf course.” By the time Woodland finished T16 in defense of his title that Sunday, the video had gone viral with millions of views. It was picked up by countless newspapers, magazines and television and radio shows the world over. Before the end of April, the extraordinary feature had gotten more than 21 million views on PGA TOUR social platforms alone. “She was so excited and happy and that is something we can all learn from,” said Woodland. “I told her she was a hero and to keep doing what she’s doing, because we’re all going to be following her.” Doug Milne has worked in Communications at the PGA TOUR for 28 years.

Gary Woodland cheers on Amy Bockerstette at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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