Date Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017    
Posted By: Foundation Team

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Hello, everyone. I apologize for the delay in getting an updated post out there. I know it has been a while since I last wrote. A lot has happened since then, much of which I will catch you up on. Among the events which took place were the awful Las Vegas and Texas shootings. My heart goes out to all the families, friends and all others with personal ties. While there remains so much more hope than despair in the world, this is an increasingly challenging place to be. I encourage everyone to remain hopeful and strong. But, if you see something, by all means say something! The PGA TOUR was in Las Vegas last week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, which featured the "Vegas Strong" mantra. As part of that unity, UNLV graduate and one-time Las Vegas resident Charley Hoffman announced early in the week that he would be donating his entire paycheck for the week to the recovery efforts from the mass shooting that took place there in early October. He finished tied for 18th, worth just under $100,000! SO, again, I would just encourage everyone to remain strong and remember that there is a lot more good in the world than bad. That may not ever stop evil in the world from occurring but, as with any obstacle, we all have the choice to either be stagnant or keep powering forward. I wish you all success at powering through with a strong attitude.

So, a few highlights from me since I last wrote. In September, I attended the retirement dinner for David Polk, the Executive Director of the First Tee of Connecticut. He is a wonderful person and has done a remarkable job to help make the game of golf accessible for kids all over the area.

The 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season began in Napa Valley at the Safeway Open. To kick off the new season, I followed Brice Garnett, who finished 17th. As you all know, it was Sunday night after the tournament's conclusion that the wildfires started right there in the Napa Valley area. Many spectator stands were burned to the ground and every guest at the Silverado Resort & Spa that night was forced to evacuate. I would also like to extend my thoughts and prayers to all the people who were impacted by the fires. Many residents in the area literally lost everything. It's with a heavy heart that I wish everyone some light in this dark time.

On the Monday after the Safeway Open, I played in Robert Streb's St. Jude Charity Classic. I'm proud to have Robert on the Walking for Kids Foundation board.

I then changed Tours and followed Lee Janzen at the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. on PGA TOUR Champions. Back on the PGA TOUR after that, I followed longtime friend Tommy Gainey at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi.

That brings me back to Las Vegas last week. I had the great honor of following Charley Hoffman. I was also in attendance at his charity dinner at Top Golf in Las Vegas Sunday before tournament week. He and his wife Stacy have incredible charitable hearts and do so much for their communities. Each year, they host two charity pro-ams. The first is in Las Vegas, where they used to live and the other is in San Diego, where they now live. I have to brag for a minute and mention that I beat Charley in a 1-arm challenge at Top Golf that Sunday night.

So, here I am now in Mexico for this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba, where I will be following Chris Stroud. An interesting note about Stroud is that he is the only PGA TOUR player who has made a start in all 10 (now 11) OHL Classic at Mayakoba events.

The season ends next week at The RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia. I will be with Webb Simpson there. I'm then looking forward to going to my sister's house in Greensboro for Thanksgiving. That then leads to Christmas and the New Year. It's hard to believe how fast the season went.

Thank you all for your continued support and love. As I've said before, I feel it everywhere I go. I know I don't get to meet as many of you in person as I would like, but I always encourage any and every one of you to come say "Hello" if there's ever the chance. Keep your best foot forward and keep walking. Hold on to hope and go make your dreams come true. They are there for you. Got get and realize them!

All my best for a Happy Holiday season!


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