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I MAY BE SLOWER THAN MOST ON FOOT, BUT I ALWAYS CATCH UP!

Date Published: Monday, August 13, 2018    
Posted By: Foundation Team

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And, catching up is exactly what I'm doing now. Hello, everyone and happy back-to-school madness. I hope you have all been doing well and "catching up" in all fashions of your life. Let me begin with by bringing you all up to speed as to my last few months.

Going back to the Travelers Championship in June, I was with Vaughn Taylor. He made the cut and finished tie for 47th. Vaughn and his wife, Leot, are truly about the nicest people on the planet. It's just a great feeling to be around people who put out such good hearts. I also love getting back up into the Hartford area, as I attended Springfield College in nearby Springfield, Mass.

At the Quicken Loans National outside of Washington, D.C., I followed Jason Kokrak. Unfortunately, it wasn't his best week and he missed the cut. Even so, he's remains a great guy with a good attitude.

Moving into West Virginia over the Fourth of July, I was with Robert Streb at the Greenbrier, which is now formally called A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. It was a really special week, as the men and women of the Armed Forces were the focus of the week. There are so many folks enlisted in the military in the state of West Virginia that it was the perfect event to be devoted to all they do for our freedom. If you or anyone you know is - or has been - in the military, THANK YOU! It was a good week for Robert Streb, as he finished tied for 11th.

A week later at the John Deere Classic, I was with fan-favorite Zach Johnson. Winner of the event in 2012, he is also on the Board and hails from nearby Iowa. Zach finished tied for 16th this year.

Moving now across the "pond." At The Open Championship, I was with Rickie Fowler again. He and his agent, Sam McNaughton, are so good to me. Rickie didn't do bad, finishing tied for 29th.

From Europe to Canada, I followed Ryan Palmer at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey. He also had a pretty solid week, finishing tied for 22nd.

After Canada, it was back stateside for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. For the first time ever, I got to follow Sergio Garcia. It was a blast and he was great. Such a good-spirited guy, he is. His wife, Angela, is also a lovely person who I got to spend time with, as well.

At last week's PGA Championship, I followed Jason Day. He's really starting to play well again and it showed last week at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Jason finished inside the top 20 at tie for 19th. I have to give a special shout out to the many, many, many golf fans in St. Louis. You folks sure know how to take a professional sporting event to the next level! I was amazed by how many thousands of people came every single day. It was great to see Tiger playing so well. The crowds following him were, as always, off the charts!

So, now, this brings me to this week. A homecoming of sorts, I am in Greensboro, N.C., where I lived for 12 years as a kid. It's always great to get back here. I'll be having dinner with my brother and sister tonight (Monday), which is always really special to me. I only see them a few times a year, so it's always nice to get to the Wyndham Championship to catch up to them. Plus, the Wyndham Championship is also a corporate partner of "Walking for Kids," so that makes it even more special. I'd like to give a special "Thank You" to Wyndham and the Wyndham Championship for all their continued support. You really do help make dreams come true! One of the Foundation's beneficiaries each year is The First Tee of the Triad...another reason I love getting back here.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), I will attend the Tesori Family Foundation's "All-Star Kids Clinic." It is a wonderful gathering of wonderful people to enjoy a really fun, light-hearted time.

So, that brings you all up to speed with where I've been. Certainly, I've covered a lot of ground. I want to encourage each of you to keep covering a lot of ground, too. It doesn't have to be physical miles. By this, I mean that if you just keep your mind in the best spot, you will cover ground in a forward motion. We can't ever go back or stay idle. Whether it's acting on ideas or dreams you have, go for it! Failing is much less severe than never trying. It is my hope for each of you with any kind of physical or emotional setback that you will always put a foot forward. There is always one to take that next step. Just keep going. For some, it may seem harder than for others. But, that will make the result even sweeter!

I hope you all had a great summer and have an even more wonderful fall. I hope to see many of you down the road soon.

All my best, always.
DJ

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