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Gary Woodland posses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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A look back at the top KU sports stories of 2019

From titles and first-time triumphs to legal issues and hope for the football program, the past 12 months delivered several memorable moments and stories that will be talked about for years to come for athletic programs at the University of Kansas.

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'One of the coolest things to happen to Kansas Athletics': Bill Self captivated by Gary Woodland's U.S. Open victory

Kansas head coach Bill Self has played a couple rounds with pro golfer Gary Woodland, but the very first hole is still a vivid memory for the Hall of Fame coach. It was the first hole at the Lawrence Country Club, which is approximately a 365-yard par-4. Woodland, who played golf at KU from 2004-07, placed his tee shot on the green. He then netted a 20-foot putt for an eagle. Shane Jackson

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