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THERE IS DIRT FROM SCOTLAND, CANADA AND NOW NEW JERSEY ON THESE WALKING SHOES!

Date Published: Thursday, July 28, 2016    
Posted By: Foundation Team

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What a remarkable month it has been! First of all thank you for checking in and reading about what I've been up to. Three weeks ago, it was off to Troon in Scotland for The Open Championship. The two-man show between Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson was no doubt one for the ages. The two of them played incredibly well and neither faltered a bit coming down the stretch.

I was once again following Rickie Fowler at this year's Open Championship. Reliant on him to get me credentials for the week, I was flattered, humbled and humored by what he gave me this year. Of all the numbered credentials given out, he saw to it that I was given No. 000001. Needless to say, it made me feel really special. I don't know if he had to pull any strings to arrange for me to have that unique number, but it made me feel unique and proud to call Rickie a friend. After a solid 69 in round one, he finished with three over-par scores and ended up T46, but we had a blast. I cannot thank him enough for taking such good care of me. He really makes me feel special and a part of his team.

I had a few really neat encounters while I was there. During Saturday's third round, I was approached by an American in the gallery, who recognized me. He told me that he was a college professor in the States and had seen ESPN's E60 special on me. So moved by it, he said he shows it to all of his classes. He went on to talk about what an inspiration I was and that what I'm doing for the kids is, he said, incredible. I was blown away. The next day, a Scottish couple sought me out and introduced themselves as others who had read and heard about my journey. It made me feel really good to know what I'm doing has such a wide reach.

A week later, I found myself in Toronto for the RBC Canadian Open. I was following Ryan Palmer, another class act I am proud to call a friend. I have to give a special shout out to a very special person. About five years ago at Doral, I met a volunteer named Joe Toby. A Canadian who was spending the winter in South Florida, he and I quickly bonded. He insisted that whenever I made it to Canada for the tournament, I call on him for anything. I take him up on that every year with a ride to and from the airport. Joe drives nearly two hours each way to get me safely to and from the Toronto airport and refuses to take a dime, not even for gas. In fact, he donates every year to the Walking for Kids Foundation. He and his wife are a joy to know and look out for me like a second set of parents. It was great to see him again last week and I am so appreciative of all he does me for and my Foundation!

So, this brings me to this week in New Jersey for the final major of the year, the PGA Championship at Baltusrol. I'll be following good friend, defending champion and World No. 1 Jason Day this week. I am certain it will be a special week. They always are with Jason.

Every week out here is special. I really hope through my blogs, you get a sense of how lucky, blessed and grateful I am to have the opportunity to be out here doing what I do. It would be very easy to stay down and dwell on the handicap card I've been dealt. I choose not to do that. And, in doing so, I hope to inspire others to always keep their best foot forward...no matter what it looks like or how long it takes you to do it. Like I believe I can, I know you can do it, too. No matter what "it" is, just go for it. The bottom line is, if you don't do it, it won't get done.

Thank you all for your continued love and support. None of it is lost or forgotten. In fact, it's what keeps me going. I truly loo forward to seeing you all down the road, hopefully sooner than later!

Take care and keep it going!

DJ

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