NOTRE DAME, INDIANA | To this point in his soon-to-be 70-year life, Billy Harmon has yet to find a dead-end road.
It’s been nearly 27 years – Aug. 26, 1992 to be exact – since three acquaintances confronted Harmon in the apartment he occupied above the clubhouse of Newport (R.I.) Country Club, where he was head golf professional, and forced him to answer for his drug and alcohol addictions that had long ago unspooled his potentially brilliant playing career.
One of Masters champion and longtime Winged Foot pro Claude Harmon’s four sons, Billy lived a large life until it took him down.
Harmon gave it up that evening – the drinking and the drugs – and, nearly 7,000 recovery meetings later, he preaches the message of a once-broken man grateful for a second chance.
Then came the cancer.
Almost exactly three years ago, Harmon found himself confined to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his throat cancer so severe doctors could not operate on it and the treatments so painful that Harmon often sipped liquid novocaine ...
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