Golfer with Down syndrome goes viral with par at Phoenix Open's TPC Scottsdale

Golfweek Staff, Golfweek
Published 6:46 p.m. ET Jan. 30, 2019


Gary Woodland, who won the 2018 Phoenix Open, talks about his consistency and playing with a Special Olympian on the 16th hole on Wednesday.
Arizona Republic

Reigning Waste Management Phoenix Open champion Gary Woodland said Wednesday that Amy Bockerstette’s par on 16 was “by far the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced. … I’ve never rooted so hard for somebody on a golf course.”

Woodland, during a practice round a day earlier, helped the PGA Tour and the Special Olympics surprise Bockerstette with a chance to play TPC Scottsdale’s signature hole and a resulting PGA-produced video has gone viral.

“It feels amazing,” Bockerstette told the Arizona Republic after sinking an 8-foot putt to get up and down on the par 3 with a sandie.

If she seemed surprisingly poised, it could be that she’s used to attention on the course.

She became the first person with Down syndrome to receive a college athletics scholarship when she signed with Paradise Valley Community College last year. And she was the first Arizona student with Down syndrome to compete in the state high school playoffs, as a junior at…

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