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AN OVERDUE BLOG WITH THE ONSET OF SPRING!

Date Published: Sunday, March 05, 2017    
Posted By: Foundation Team

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Hello everyone! It was not my intention to have been away from updating my blog this long. It has been a busy few months, but things have been really good. First, I'd like to catch you up on the past month or so. Once the PGA TOUR returned from Hawaii, I had the chance to walk with David Lingmerth at the CareerBuilder Challenge. He's a wonderful guy and was very supportive of the WFK Foundation.

A week later at the Farmers Insurance Open, I was with local favorite Charley Hoffman. He and his wife Stacy do so much with their own charity, the Charley Hoffman Foundation. Their Foundation raises money and awareness for children’s organizations which offer a positive environment to better futures through education, sports and health. It's always great to be with Charley!

After Torrey Pines, I was with Phoenix resident Kevin Streelman. If you were to ask me for a list of the 10 greatest guys on the PGA TOUR, I'd waste no time in putting Kevin's name on that list.

A week later, I was with the always entertaining Pat Perez! For those that follow golf, you know it was a barrel of laughs with him. Pat had a solid week at Pebble Beach, finishing tied for 14th.

At the Genesis Open in Los Angeles, I was with Hunter Mahan. He is one of my regulars, who always welcomes me. he has been a tremendous supporter of the Foundation for years. The Foundation's success wouldn't be where it is without his support.

Moving back east after Riviera, we were at The Honda Classic, where I followed Scott Brown. Once again, one of the best guys to know on TOUR. Regardless of where he is on the leaderboard, he never loses his focus or positive attitude. If we could bottle his optimism, we'd all be better off.

At this week's World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, I am with my good friend Rickie Fowler. Fowler won last week's Honda Classic in convincing fashion and moved back into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

We are nearly at 8,000 feet of elevation here, but I can honestly say it hasn't adversely affected my walking or breathing.

In the midst of all the above-mentioned events, I made a stop over in Kansas City to make a $25,000 donation to the First Tee of Greater Kansas City. PGA TOUR member Robert Streb and his wife Maggie are not only on the board there, but I am elated to welcome them to the board of the WFK Foundation. I know how busy there remain, so for them to take the time out to involve themselves with my Foundation is so deeply appreciated. I was so happy to be able to make the donation. When I am able to do things like that each year, it reminds me of two things; there are a lot of people in need and there are a lot of people willing to help those in need. I am not isolating myself there. I'm not looking for any thanks. The people I am referring to are the players who donate to the Foundation to make all of this possible. It's their open hearts that open doors for so many!

So, yes, I am still walking, feeling stronger than ever. I just want to remind everyone to take steps in life. Discouragement is natural, understandable even. But, never give in to it. I realize many things are much easier said than done, but that doesn't mean hurdles cannot be overcome. Try your hardest every day to take the hardest things going against you and turning them into motivational ways to get where you want to go. We are all born with the same inner strength. Some of us just get to put it to use more frequently than others. And, what does that do? It makes us stronger. If we spend a lot of time moving mountains, how can we not grow stronger? If you're like me, you have a choice. You can either look up from the base of the mountain and be blinded by the sun or you can take steps up until you reach the top of the mountain and are warmed by the sun.

Don't give in. Don't give up. Get discouraged, but also get stronger. You are the only obstacle that can stop you!

I hope to see you all down the road soon!

Sincerely,
DJ

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