The 148th Open Royal Portrush
From U.S. Open to The Open?
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Gary Woodland wasn't a lock to show up at Royal Portrush
Gary Woodland

Gary Woodland’s life changed in an epic way last month at Pebble Beach. With steely nerves, unwavering precision and a second shot at the 71st hole that will live on in major championship lore, he secured his first career major.

Another monumental shift is on the horizon; one that nearly prevented the reigning U.S. Open champion from showing up this week at Royal Portrush.

Woodland’s wife, Gabby, is at home in South Florida on bedrest, awaiting the arrival of twin girls.

“Our girls are supposed to come in two weeks,” Woodland said. “So it was a decision, we sat down and we talked about it. And [Gabby] was the one pushing me to come. Pretty confident [the twins are] not going to come this week, but you never know. I'm hoping that's the case.”

Fueled by the confidence that comes following a major victory, Woodland wants to make the most of this week before taking some time to be at home with his family. It’s a luxury he’s grateful to have.

“Last year my biggest break was three weeks in between tournaments the whole year,” Woodland said. “I plan on taking some significant time to be home. And [winning the U.S. Open] definitely allowed me to do that. … I don't have to play every week. I know I can take some time off and show up and still compete and stay where I want to be.”

Although Gary is away this week, Gabby isn’t void of company.

“[The U.S. Open trophy’s] at home. It's right next to Gabby, she's on bedrest. She is looking at it all the time. I don't know if she's excited about that.”

Space in the Woodland household is about to decrease, but something tells us Gary and Gabby could make room for a Claret Jug.