Former FedExCup champion Justin Thomas felt a jolt of joy and felt compelled to pay it forward. Like millions of others Thomas saw Michael Visacki’s reaction to Monday qualification at the Valspar Championship earlier this season and was sparked by the emotion of it all as the mini-tour battler broke down while relaying his success to his parents.
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“I was a little irritated that it got out. I didn’t really want it to. That wasn’t the intention of it. I just saw the video of Mike calling his dad after he Monday’ed in Valspar, and in a day and age where it seems like only anything in the media is negative. I just felt it was so refreshing and great to see and how genuine his excitement and emotions were. It was great because I haven’t been in a great place, both mentally and on the golf course and I felt joy out of seeing his joy and it just kind of totally made me forget about what’s going on in my golfing life and sometimes puts things in perspective that obviously we’re all out here to play golf and we’re all out here to try to win a lot of golf tournaments, but changing people’s lives and helping people who are less fortunate than you is sometimes, you know, more important than that. For some reason it hit home to me and it just was like, man. This is a dude who’s been grinding for a long time and there’s a lot of people, not just him, that are doing that, but I just wanted to help in a little way,. And… I don’t know if it’s true or not… I heard that someone on the board of Charles Schwab heard about what I did and then wanted to sponsor him and take care of him and his expenses and everything throughout the rest of the year or however long it is. That’s what I’m most happy about, the fact that he is able to now take advantage of more opportunities because of just something little that I did”.
The PGA Tour is back in the limelight with one of the most anticipated events of the greatest American men’s circuit, The Memorial Tournament. In Dublin, Ohio, 120 players will compete from 3 to 6 June, including seven of the best ten in the world. However, the most awaited big player, Dustin Johnson, world number 1, will certainly be missing. As for the Top 10, Brooks Koepka and Tyrrell Hatton will also be absent. There will not even be Tiger Woods (who in July 2020 returned to play the tournament after 5 months of absence and who with 5 successes is the record holder of the competition), Phil Mickelson and Francesco Molinari, with the Turin still knocked out due to a back injury that it had already forced him to forfeit the PGA Championship, the second men’s major 2021.
Among the big names in the race, the Spaniard Jon Rahm, reigning champion, who with the success obtained in 2020 conquered world leadership for the first time in his career. The Iberian (third in the ranking) will try to become the first player since 2001 (the last to succeed was Woods) to make the back-to-back.
From Justin Thomas to Bryson DeChambeau (winner in 2018), from Hideki Matsuyama (king of The Masters this year and scoring at The Memorial in 2014) to Rory McIlroy. These are some of the champions who will take part in The Memorial. A total prize pool of $ 9,300,000 is up for grabs. For a show beyond sport.
At Muirifield Village Golf Club, spectators who have not yet been vaccinated will be given the opportunity to do so by administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.