In sports sometimes there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
You know, just like you I am tired of all the bad news, the cheating and the like that has come along with sporting events and athletes. So when something special happens, like everyone else, I must sit back and applaud.
Of all things that have recently given me pleasure, there are two incidents that took place at major golf events. They have both brought a smile to my face and caused me to pause and say, “you know some guys have their life in proper perspective. They know what is the right thing to do”.
Now, don’t get my wrong, there are many more such stories, but these two caught my attention. Many team athletes quietly visit children’s hospitals and set up foundations for the betterment of life. But these two, to me, were truly special and deserve notice.!The first is Phil Mickelson and his love of family. On the eve of the U.S. Open, one of the most important tournaments in the United States, Phil boarded his jet, left Merion Country Club in Pennsylvania the day before the open when he was to tee off at 7: 11 A.M.(EDT) on Thursday… 4:11 in California.He had promised his daughter that he would not miss her 8th grade graduation at which she was giving a speech. So he left the day before after his 2:30 P.M. (EDT) Press Conference…11:30 A. M. (PDT). Got home and went to her graduation. By the time it was done, it was 6:30 in the evening, 9:30 at night in Pennsylvania. He arrived back at the tournament around 3 in the morning.He teed off 4 hours later and you know what, he was in contention from the start. In fact, he led until the final hole and finished 2nd. He does have a private jet, but that’s not the point.The second story that really hit home with me was that of Golfer Hunter Mahan. He was leading comfortably after 36 holes (the second round) in the RBC Canadian Open. With a total $5.6 million dollar purse, he stood to make a cool million. It made no difference. He had to be home for the birth of his first child. So, he abruptly left Canada for Dallas.On Sunday, the final day, Zoe Olivia Mahan was born at 3:26 in the morning. Mahan was on the tee at the Glen Abbey Course. He was there! Mahan was waiting his turn ready to tee off for the 3rd round when a Thunder Storm hit. He got the word, his wife had gone into labor. He picked his gear up abruptly… then hurried to the airport and arrived in Dallas with time to spare. Like I say, there are many good deeds being done by athletes everywhere, but only the bad deeds get the notoriety. As Jack Webb used to say on Dragnet, “There are many stories and this is one”.