A Dreaded Bond

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I have tried to offer advice to Dana, not only about his son's future, but about his own present. A doctor early on told me, "Your friends will tell you they understand what you're going through, but they don't," he said. "And it's not their fault. You can only understand something like this if you go through it yourself."

In that sense, Dana and I will always have a bond that was extended last year to 2010 PGA Teacher of the Year Todd Anderson, whose 18-year-old son Tucker also suffered a TBI in a car accident. Anderson also has a local link, serving as the Director of Instruction at the Breakers in Palm Beach before moving to his current job at Sea Island.

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I was honored in 2006 when Dana asked me to introduce him at a ceremony at Bear Lakes to receive the Jack Nicklaus Award as Player of the Year on the Champions Tour. Dana, who was 58, remains the oldest player to win that award.

In our business, you're supposed to root for stories, not players. On this occasion, I make an exception.

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