Kansas' Self discusses Woodland's cellphone message as well as McCormack, Wilson, other topics

Gary Bedore, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Basketball

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Bill Self approached a group of reporters Monday afternoon at his Kansas basketball camp with something other than hoops on his mind.

"Let's talk golf!" Self, KU's 17th-year coach, said enthusiastically.

He was still thinking about KU graduate Gary Woodland's three-shot victory over Brooks Koepka at the U.S. Open, which was completed Sunday night.

"I texted with him. He said we'd have drinks soon," Self said with a smile. "I said, 'You are not going to have to buy one for several months,' which is true. He shouldn't have to buy one for a long time.

"I think this is one of the coolest things that's happened to Kansas athletics," Self added, "because golf is a sport all alumni and donors can identify with because everybody at some point in time has played it or hopes to play it and they can play it until they are 70, 75 years old. I think everybody is really proud because they can identify with what he does."

Self was impressed with the Topeka native's steady performance. Woodland became the fifth golfer in history to shoot under 70 in all four rounds at the Open.


"I didn't miss a shot (of Woodland playing Sunday). Don't tell the campers that or the parents. I did not miss one shot yesterday or the day before or the day before," Self said, smiling. "It was great. I was nervous like a lot of people were watching it because you've got that dude (Koepka who won last two Opens) chasing you down and he's on fire. You've got to really man up. (Woodland) did, no question."

Self said he's played "just a couple" of rounds of golf with Woodland.

"First time I played with him we were playing No. 1 at LCC (Lawrence Country Club). It's a 365-yard hole. He landed on the green and made a 20-footer for 2. I'm thinking he played that like a par-3 (course). He has a different gear nobody else can get to," Self said.



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