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Throwback Thursday: That time John E. Morgan made a clutch birdie putt and gave the world this celebration

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf history is littered with good fist pumps -- mostly from Tiger Woods, who rarely disappoints. But considering it happened ten years ago this week, it's only appropriate to pay tribute to one of the more underrated celebrations in recent history: John E. Morgan's fist pump at the 2004 John Deere Classic.

The Englishman needed to birdie his final hole of regulation to get into a playoff with Mark Hensby (which he eventually lost) and did, finishing with a 65 on the day for his best finish on tour. The ensuing celebration was fantastic. Check it out:

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If you're wondering why his hat was backwards: there's no real reason -- that's just how he liked it. It's just one part of John E. Morgan's fascinating backstory.

Morgan was severely dyslexic and was bullied for it in school. He also suffered from seizures throughout his life -- including one with four holes to go during European Tour Q-school -- but he qualified anyway. Another one was so bad that he broke three ribs, ruptured his sternum and bit off a portion of his tongue. Morgan was forced to continue dealing with them, though, because the operation that could have potentially fixed the problem would have left him unable to swing a golf club.

He was just the second player ever to earn both his PGA Tour and European Tour cards in his rookie season, and he even dyed his hair blue at one point. Today, Morgan is a golf commentator in England.

 
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