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A PERSON'S BIGGEST POTENTIAL HANDICAP IS RIGHT BETWEEN THE EARS

Date Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2018    
Posted By: Foundation Team

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Hello, friends! Coming to you this month from Las Vegas, home of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in the PGA TOUR. More on that in a minute. First, I am excited to get everyone caught up.



Rewinding to last month, I attended the Ryder Cup in Paris. It was incredible. It was my first time in Paris, so that made the week even more special. We took a dinner cruise on Wednesday night of Ryder Cup week, which was really amazing.  


Beginning Friday, I attended the matches, which didn’t end up so well for the American Team. The U.S. lost to the Europeans 17.5 to 10.5. Even though America didn’t take home the trophy, everyone in Paris was so nice. It was just a real honor for me to be there and pull for the American Team under Captain Jim Furyk.


There are a lot of times when I pause to reflect on how blessed and fortunate I am. Many people might think that because of my handicap, my attitude would be just the opposite. I just don’t ever want to take anything for granted. I was very appreciative of the opportunity to have been able to go to France for the Ryder Cup and be a part of the week.


One last thing on fortune. I’m of the belief that a bad attitude is the biggest handicap anyone can have. A good spirit, heart and attitude trumps EVERY physical limitation. Whether you are facing some physical handicap or not, remember that attitude is everything. I know that is cliché, but sometimes, clichés are actually spot on.


From Pairs, I went straight to Napa Valley for the 2018-19 season-opening Safeway Open. I had the great honor of following Josh Teater there. He and his wife, Ashley, are dear friends of mine and have supported the Walking for Kids Foundation for a long time. Josh got his card back from this Web.com Tour this past season. It’s great to have him back out here on the PGA TOUR.


In Napa, we enjoyed different wine tastings and visited a few vineyards. That was a new experience for me. I must admit, it was fun!


From the west coast of California, I then headed to the east coast for the SAS Championship on PGA TOUR Champions in Cary, North Carolina. There, I followed Lee Janzen.  


I realize a likely perception to have is that I am just some guy who walks every PGA TOUR event and gets up close and personal with the players. To an extent, that’s true. But, the bigger – and most important – picture is that a lot of good for a lot of people comes from what I do. It’s not just about following golf. More than anything, it’s about me supporting players and the gratitude and help they give back to the Walking for Kids Foundation. Lee has always been a great supporter of what I do. He has played in my pro-am many times. This was our third year together. For those wondering, I attend one PGA TOUR Champions event a year.


Last week in Jackson, Mississippi for the Sanderson Farms Championship, I followed 2015 winner Peter Malnati. Even though Peter missed the cut, I believe he has the most positive attitude of any person I know. He has always got a smile on his face. It’s something that is very refreshing. I know he is very competitive, but he handles it in a different way and doesn’t take anything for granted. This takes me back to the point I was making about a bad attitude being a handicap. It would be very easy for Peter to use a missed cut as an excuse to feel or come across as negative. Would doing so change the outcome of that missed cut? Nope. But, with a positive attitude, in the face of ANY adversity, a good attitude DOES lead to better tomorrows. It may not always seem like it. But, when you can get it into your heart that you belong in this world and that you are here for a reason, it gets a little easier to operate from a positive standpoint. Instead of dwelling on what you may not have, try to look at what you do have. Think about it this way; the things that discourage are not the bricks to your walkway into the future. The path to the future is about the optimism and encouragement you maintain. You DO control your own destiny through your spirit and attitude. For, with that, I believe you can achieve your every dream.


So, here I am now in Las Vegas for this week’s PGA TOUR event. I’m excited to have my first opportunity to walk with Joel Dahmen. After Las Vegas, I will be in Mexico for the Mayakoba Golf Classic, where I will follow Chris Stroud, the only player who has never missed that event. I then finish the calendar season of PGA TOUR events at The RSM Classic on Sea Island in Georgia. I’m excited to be with second-year TOUR member Keith Mitchell that week.


I want to thank you all for taking some time to ready this blog now and then. I always love seeing friends at the various tournaments. I am grateful for every single one of you. I would also like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving. We all have a lot to be thankful for. Keep that spirit up, that heart strong and that head right. Everything else takes care of itself.


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


D.J.


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