Friendly rivalry between Johnson and Woodland extends from golf to hoops

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Gary Woodland (l) and Dustin Johnson have been trading some light-hearted trash talk about their prowess in a sport with a much bigger ball.
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Series: PGA Tour

Published: Monday, January 02, 2012 | 4:52 p.m.

Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland have been friends since they were amateurs. They first played a practice round in college and have remained close. It's only a coincidence that they're two of golf's best athletes.

Woodland played on a traveling baseball team as a teenager until his father urged him to narrow his choice of sports. He also spent one year playing college basketball before realizing his future was in golf. Johnson was profiled in a recent PGA Tour commercial dunking a basketball, swimming and doing other athletic endeavors.

It was an impressive display -- except to Woodland.

"Yeah, yeah, I've seen all that," Woodland said when asked what he thought of the commercial. "I've seen it once. That was enough."

Someone asked Woodland who would win in a game of "horse."

"I'd kill him," Woodland said.

What about one-on-one in basketball?

"I'd kill him," Woodland said again.

As for the dunk by Johnson on the commercial?

"On a small goal," Woodland replied. "That ain't no 10-foot goal."

Was there anything in the commercial that Woodland could not do himself, if not better? This time, Woodland paused.

But only for a second.

"I'd need to see the commercial again," he said. "No. There's nothing he can do that I can't."

This conversation was relayed to Johnson, and it made him break into a wide grin.

"He likes to run his mouth," Johnson said. "Tell him to bring it. He knows where to find me."