Gary Woodland is the new U.S. open champion
(CNN)He dreamed of starring in the NBA, but in Gary Woodland's first college game on a basketball scholarship, he realized he needed a plan B.
Woodland acted quickly and switched universities to play golf, turned pro in 2007, and 12 years later held off world No.
1 Brooks Koepka to clinch his maiden major title with victory in the US Open at Pebble Beach.
The 35-year-old from Topeka, Kansas fulfilled the promise that has been bubbling for years, developing a short game and putting stroke to match his prodigious driving distances.