Watching PGA Tour players jet around the world and play a game for millions, it’s easy to think that the golf’s elite performers are living a charmed life.
In many ways they are, no doubt. But occasionally we are reminded that no matter how many trophies are on their mantels or how many zeroes their bank balances boast, our golf heroes face the same human problems as do the rest of us.
One of those moments occurred on Tuesday, when Stewart Cink – a major champion with nearly $34 million in PGA Tour earnings and a seven-figure Twitter following – announced that he will step away from competition to support his wife, Lisa, who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Since I was 15 years old, @lisacink has been my biggest supporter. It’s now time for me to return the favor,” the 42-year-old Georgia resident tweeted along with a statement asking followers to keep his family in their prayers.
— Stewart Cink (@stewartcink) May 3, 2016
Hearing that a middle-aged wife and mother is confronting mortality hits anyone with an ounce of compassion like a punch in the gut. And it certainly puts a string of missed cuts in perspective.
One hopes that Lisa’s diagnosis ultimately proves to be merely a bump in the road.
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