Gratitude supplants fear after golfer’s health scare

Kansas native Gary Woodland is back on the golf course after undergoing surgery to remove a benign brain tumor in September. His attitude has gone from fearful to grateful.

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January 10, 2024 - 1:15 PM

Gary Woodland tees off on the 18th hole with a driver on his way to a birdie to finish at 4-under par during the first round of the Tour Championship on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. Photo by Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS

HONOLULU (AP) — Gary Woodland arrived at the Sony Open and had a good night of sleep, meaning he didn’t jump out of bed and grab the side of the mattress to make sure he wasn’t falling out of the sky to his death.

He flew to Hawaii without worrying the overhead bin would crash down and kill him.

Fear and anxiety were unfamiliar terms to this rock-chalk solid, three-sport star from Kansas, a former U.S. Open champion whose only fear was not living up to his high standards.

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