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KEEP THE SPRING IN YOUR STEP - AND HEAD - HEADED INTO SUMMER

Date Published: Saturday, March 30, 2019    
Posted By: Foundation Team

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 Hello, everyone! Coming to you this week from Austin, TX, home of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. Before moving ahead with some thoughts, I wanted to rewind and give you some highlights of the past month.


At the end of the west coast swing on the PGA TOUR, I was with Jon Rahm at the Genesis Open at famed Riviera Country Club. It was my first time with Jon. What an amazing guy! When I approached him with details about what I did and asked if he would be interested in having me for a week, he quickly gave me a hard time (joking, of course) about not approaching him sooner. He is incredibly supportive of my mission and was great to follow. He played well and finished inside the top 10 at T9. A special thanks to Jon for supporting the kids!


A week later, back on the east coast, I was at The Honda Classic with Ryan Armour, also a first-time player for me. Like Jon, Ryan was incredibly supportive of what I do. He finished just outside the top 10 at 12th place. I'm absolutely looking forward to more weeks with Ryan.


From West Palm Beach, FL, it was down to Mexico for the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. There, I was reunited with my old friend Rickie Fowler. They just don't get better than him. It was Rickie's first start back after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He played solid and finished 36th.


Back in the States a week later, I joined Bryson DeChambeau at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It was my second time with Bryson. I first followed him last year at the Genesis Open. Bryson had an up-and-down week, which resulted in a T46 finish. While he certainly hoped for a better showing, he never lost his enthusiasm for the difference he was helping make by supporting the Walking For Kids Foundation. I can't wait to team up with him again.


After The Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, it was a short jaunt to Jacksonville for the PLAYERS Championship. While in town, I was asked to visit a local elementary school and share my experience with the kids. It does my heart so much good to do those kinds of things. Kids are young and so impressionable. I think it did them a lot of good to see someone with a physical handicap, like I have, but learn that a handicap - andy handicap - can't control a person's positive mindset. How a person acts and feels is that person's choice. I think it did them good to learn that, no matter what, they have a choice to be happy or sad. 


Later that week at TPC Sawgrass, I had my first opportunity to walk with local Ponte Vedra Beach resident Billy Horschel. What an amazing guy Billy is. And, talk about controlling one's mindset! Billy went a few years not playing all that great. But, he never, ever gave up and persevered. It seems like every week these days, Horschel is a factor. Again, commitment to yourself and a positive mental attitude make all the difference in the world!


Keeping up with first-timers, I was with Gary Woodland a week later at the Valspar Championship outside Tampa. Unfortunately, he didn't play well and, as a result, missed the cut. But, as one always should, he maintained a great attitude and looked forward to getting his A-Game back soon.


That brings us to this week's WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin. Once again this year, I was with defending champion Bubba Watson. He didn't successfully defend his title, but, like Woodland the week before, he never got discouraged.


Not getting discouraged in trying times is tough. I know it, and so do you. But, as challenging as it can be at times, we always have to keep reminding ourselves that we have a choice of how to approach each event in our lives. We have to believe that when times are tough, which they will be from time to time, that is not how it always needs to be.


Our mind, not our legs, is the best way to move forward. While I may face a physical handicap that slows my process of getting from point A to point B, my mind is within my control. There is no handicap there. You control your mind. Keeping a bad attitude is only handicapping yourself. Do your best every single day to keep a bright and positive attitude. You WILL be amazed at how far you can go and how much you can do! Focus on that.


As always, thank you fo taking the time to read my stuff. I really appreciate it and truly hope you get a little something from my posts. I hope to hear from or see all of you soon. Keep it up. Keep moving forward. Nothing is bigger than you. Never let yourself get in the way of greatness. That will go down as your biggest regret in life.


Take care, my friends!


DJ


  


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