Former KU golfer Gary Woodland set to rejoin PGA Tour

Wyndham Championship - Round Two
Wyndham Championship - Round Two / Jared C. Tilton/GettyImages

The new year is starting off on a hugely positive note for one former Jayhawk.

It was announced yesterday that Topeka native and former KU golfer Gary Woodland would be rejoining the PGA Tour at next week’s Sony Open in Hawaii, marking his first professional golf action since having surgery to extract a brain lesion back in September.

In November, Woodland shared an update on social media stating he would back in 2024, but no one really knew when exactly he would return to play. For him to be playing in the first PGA Tour event of the year is nothing short of remarkable and a testament to his perseverance.

This will be Woodland’s ninth appearance at the Sony Open where he’s had decent success, finishing in the top 25 on four occasions. His best finish came in 2015 when he tied for third.

This year’s Sony Open kicks off Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

You can be certain that Woodland will have all of Jayhawk nation and professional golf fans everywhere in his corner when he steps up to that first tee box.