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WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!

Date Published: Sunday, December 09, 2018    
Posted By: Foundation Team

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Hello, everyone and Happy Holidays! I hope this finds you all doing well. I wanted to take a minute to catch everyone up and let you know how things have been going.

At the last event of the official 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season, I was in Sea Island, GA for The RSM Classic, where I followed Keith Mitchell. What an amazing guy he is! If any of you ever get a chance to say “Hello” to him, I would really encourage it. He couldn’t be a nicer guy. It was my first time to pair with Keith, which always means a lot to me to have new players get involved. It’s a great way for them to get a better understanding of exactly what it is I do. I imagine some players, especially the newer ones, just see this crazy guy walking and walking and walking at every week’s TOUR event. So, it gives a good perspective into how I try to make a difference in some lives and possibly even draw the interest of new players to support “Walking for Kids.”
For Thanksgiving, I was in Greensboro, NC at my sister’s house. It was nice to unwind a little bit and be around family and friends.

After that, I went to the Bahamas for Tiger’s Hero World Challenge event. Even though it offers world ranking points, it’s an unofficial event. It was my first time to be a part of that event, but will not be my last! I followed Rickie Fowler there, who always brings a LOT of smiles to my face and makes me laugh. I think it’s so important to align yourself with people who have good attitudes and spirits. And, it certainly doesn’t hurt if they have a good sense of humor, too. Laughter really is the best medicine. One thing I have always tried to do is be a guy with a good spirit. I don’t think anything dulls an energy level faster than being around people who can only dwell on the negative. It would be very easy for me to live with a “woe is me” attitude. I choose not to because, like you, I have got a lot to be grateful for. Taking the low road through life is not only a pretty lonely ride, but it really never leads anywhere.

Following the Hero World Challenge, I made my way to Naples, Fla. for the QBE Shootout, which is tournament host Greg Norman’s 2-man team event. It’s always very relaxed and the players have great fun with it. I have been (nearly) life-long friends with the Wasserman Group’s Taylor Ives, who runs the show there. I always make it to Naples to support him.

Then, the travels got even more crazy. From Naples, I flew to Charlotte for a business Christmas party, Mississippi from there to sign all my player donation letters, to Philadelphia to spend time with my cousin, New Jersey from there for a family Christmas function and then to Houston for more Foundation work. That will take me to Christmas! On January 1, I begin again with the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

I want to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season. I am grateful every single day of the year for everyone who takes the time to support, befriend or even acknowledge me. Christmas time always seems to be a good time for me to reflect on all the gifts in life I do have. I encourage all of you to take a minute to think about all the good in life you do have. Sure, we all have obstacles, problems and setbacks. But, I have learned that how you align your attitude to handle those issues makes all the difference in the world. It isn’t always easy or fun, but it does make a really big difference as you make your way through the tougher times. Be good to yourself and others. Cliché, perhaps, but life is too short to be unkind. And, the world is too big of a place in which to alienate yourself. Keep positive people around you and be positive around people. Nothing charges me more than knowing I have a great support group. All things go both ways, so be good and receive good.

Thank you all, and Merry Christmas!

DJ

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