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Tiger Woods to be honored with World Golf Hall of Fame induction

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Growing up amid the prairies of Kansas, Gary Woodland was a standout on the baseball field and basketball court.

Held his own on the golf course, too. But back in the mid-1990s, while his proud community of Topeka knew what he could do with a baseball and a basketball, very few had any idea what he could do with a golf ball.

“Golf wasn’t cool. And I played by myself,” Woodland said.

Then Tiger Woods exploded off the TV screen in the 1997 Masters.

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“I was going to be 13 and it was the first golf tournament I ever paid attention to,” said Woodland, who has gone on to win four PGA Tour titles, including the 2019 US Open. “I got the VHS tape; I’ve watched it 400 million times.

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