It has been too long since I last spoke to all of you. A lot has transpired in the last few months. Let me fill you all in.
The biggest news has to be the arrival of our third boy on August 15th. Graham Beckett was born and is already seven weeks old and growing like crazy. His two older brothers are figuring out how to be gentle–a tough task for a 5 year old and a 2 year old.
The PGA TOUR Playoffs immediately followed Graham’s birth so I was off to the east coast to get back to work. My play lacked birdies, unlike those you saw from guys like Rory McIlroy and Brandt Snedeker. The one shining moment that stands out is finishing birdie-par-eagle in Boston to make the cut on the number and give myself at least a chance to move up in the FEDEX CUP Standings. I didn’t take advantage of it but at least I was there for the weekend. Next came the BMW Championship which benefits something I believe strongly in, the Evans Scholars Foundation. Many hard working caddies receive four year scholarships from Evans and even though my play put me in the back of the pack, I know the tournament was still a huge success with all the charity dollars raised.
Then came the Ryder Cup in my hometown. Yes, it was sad that I didn’t play better this summer to make the team, but it sure was fun to cheer on my friends, albeit from my living room as I never made it out to Medinah. What a dramatic finish!
Finally last week, something surreal occurred as Amy and I kicked off our lectureship series at Indiana University (Amy’s alma mater). Leave it to my wife to thing big and ask the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus, to speak for us on the subject of values and ethics. It was an added bonus to have Inga Hammond, also an IU graduate, ask Jack questions which prompted him to some fun stories. That was the main event of the night, but we preceded it with a dinner that raised $75,000 for the First Tee of Central Indiana. At the dinner I was the man interviewing Jack so I got a feel for what it is like to be on the other side of the microphone. People said I may have a future there, but I hope not for quite some time. When the night was over, Amy and I looked back and truly believe Jack had a fun time. Our goal was to make him not feel abused by too many poses for pictures or autograph sessions, and the people who attended the events respected our wishes.
I am now practicing up at home at Butler National and Cog Hill, getting ready to play the McGladrey Classic in two weeks, followed by the HSBC Championship outside of Hong Kong. Watch for me as I look to finish the year just like I started it.