Amy Bockerstette and Gary Woodland 'linked in eternity now' after U.S. Open victory

Beth Ann Nichols, Golfweek
Published 9:22 a.m. ET June 17, 2019

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Gary Woodland withstood the pressure of the moment and held off two-time defending champ Brooks Koepka to win the 119th U.S. Open at iconic Pebble Beach for his first career major title.
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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Amy Bockerstette doesn’t watch much golf on television. Or she didn’t at least until Gary Woodland took control of the 119th U.S. Open.

“The minute we found out that Gary was near the leaderboard,” said her father Joe, “Amy got engaged and she wouldn’t leave the TV after that for two days.”

Not surprisingly, Amy yelled “Go Gary, you got this!” all day long from her spot on the couch in the home of Paul and Michelle Tesori.

When Woodland claimed his first major championship title at Pebble Beach, it felt like a member of the Bockerstette family had won.

Amy and Woodland developed a friendship after appearing together in a viral video earlier this year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It was more than a meet-n-greet set up by the Special Olympics and PGA Tour. Amy, who has Down syndrome, played the famed 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale alongside…

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