What would I do for a living? I'd like to stay connected to the game I love. Maybe I could be a tournament director or work for the Tour as a player liaison, or maybe as an agent. All of these jobs would come with a pay cut, but that's O.K. Allison and I have done a good job of saving, and we're willing to make some lifestyle adjustments if necessary. Anyway, I like to think I've conducted myself as a gentleman all these years and that I'll have a few options. But I'm not ready to start having those conversations yet. I'm still focused on playing.
One of the things that still drives me is wanting to play well for my sons. I've always instilled in them that trying your best is the key to success. Naturally Ford equates that with trophies. He's always asking me when I'm going to bring one home. One of the most bittersweet moments of my career came out of the 2008 Q school. I shot a 59 during the fourth round and won the tournament going away. I called home afterward, and the boys were so excited because they had watched the finish on TV. Ford got on the phone and was yelling, "Dad, you won! You won! I can't wait to see your trophy!" I had to explain to him that they don't hand out trophies at Q school. He thought that was pretty silly, and Harrison agreed.
Unbeknownst to me the boys talked Allison into taking them to a crafts store to get supplies. They painted a piece of wood and glued on the lettering #1 DAD. They presented this "trophy" to me when I got home. I know how lucky I am to have played golf for a living, and I'm truly appreciative for all that the game has given me. But no matter what happens the rest of this year, and beyond, that little homemade trophy will always be my most precious reward.
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