Date Published: Friday, January 12, 2018    
Posted By: Foundation Team

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Hello, everyone and Happy New Year. I hope you were all safe and happy this past month. I enjoyed some down time at home with my family, but have already hit the ground WALKING in 2018.

Before I get into this season, I am really excited to share with you some news about what the Walking For Kids Foundation did in 2017. Thanks to all the contributions from players I walked with, I am thrilled to announce the we raised $57,750 for 14 different kids organizations. It made me so happy to be able to give that kind of money away. While it pales in comparison to many other charitable endeavors, I see it as a pretty good step for a guy who takes steps with a cane to raise money year after year ;-). My hope is to increase that dollar amount every year!

So, the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season continued the first week in January at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui. While I absolutely love the island and Kapalua golf course, it is - without question - the hardest for me to walk all year. The hills seem never-ending! But, I had a great time. I walked with D.A. Points, who won the Puerto Rico Open in 2017. He made 10 birdies on the week. For those that may not know, I mention that because players donate their designated dollar amounts based on birdies.

This week I am in Honolulu for the Sony Open in Hawaii. This course is very flat and significantly easier for me to walk. I will be with Russell Henley this week, who won the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii in his first start as a rookie on the PGA TOUR. He's a great, great guy and I am thrilled to have him this week. Next week, we move back to the Mainland, where I will be with Grayson Murray, winner of the 2017 Barbasol Championship. Another great guy!

I really hope to see many of you out at one or more of this year's PGA TOUR events. All of you are an inspiration to me. whether it's taking the time to read my blog updates or saying "Hello" at TOUR stops. It all means so very much to me.

I encourage each of you to keep going, never relent. Do all you think you can do....and, then do more. You have in you everything you need to rise above and go over. Never doubt yourself! I celebrated my 40th birthday on January 10. I took a long look back at how far I've come since doctors told my parents when I was a baby that I would never walk. Everything I've done and achieved has been a result of determination and a positive attitude. That's not to say that everyone will be able to walk. My intended point is that no matter what battles or challenges we face, nothing can deter a positive attitude and rock-solid determination. Keep after it!

I look forward to seeing you down the road soon.

All my best,

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