HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA | Seven weeks after having a heart attack at the Honda Classic, Jason Bohn returned to the PGA Tour with a smile on his face and an excitement about what’s ahead.
Bohn is fully recovered from the heart attack, caused by what doctors called a plaque rupture, and the RBC Heritage was the first event in his return to full-time Tour golf.
“I really just feel blessed to even have the opportunity to play again,” Bohn said. “And then to play so fast is surprising to me. I think I needed to come back … for me, emotionally and mentally I needed this to just come back and try and get a normal life back on track and to know I can continue to do this.”
Bohn said he has been assured there are no long-term concerns about his condition. He intends to play his regular schedule going forward.
Back problems sidelined Bohn for a time earlier in his career but there were no indications he would suffer a heart attack. The problem was resolved quickly and Bohn began thinking about getting back to golf.
“I was enjoying being at home with my family and I kind of looked and my wife and said, “Man, this is really great,’ ” Bohn said. “But golf for me is, I think it’s work but work is kind of what helps drive me to be the person I am. So I love to practice. I love to work on my game. I love the sport.
“I think what I missed the most … not only all the friends and family I have out here but the competition. I just missed it. I missed grinding over a 4-foot putt. I didn’t know that I would ever miss that but I missed it.”