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Gary Woodland glad he swapped basketball jersey for golf

Gary Woodland has proved it was worthwhile swapping basketball for golf after winning his first PGA Tour event.

The former college basketball player proved victorious at the Transition Championship Innisbrook, after learning that hitting the ball hard was not the way to secure wins, reports the Mercury News.

"I can't come out here and hit the golf ball 900 yards and win," he said.

"I was very conservative this week, laid back almost all day - all four days - and just tried to get the ball in the fairway, get it on the green and let the putter do the work. That's what I'm learning."

Woodland originally attended Washburn University on a basketball scholarship before transferring to the University of Kansas to play golf.

Last year he finished joint first in the Bob Hope Classic, although he lost out when it went to a play-off.

Woodland's latest win has secured him a place in the 2011 Masters Tournament.

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