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Tiger Woods takes photo with inspiring young cancer patient Luna Perrone

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Luna Perrone, a young cancer patient, got to meet Tiger Woods over the weekend and along with posting a beaming photo of the two together, has posted some extremely poignant and inspirational words.

“I got to have a quick chat with Tiger Woods this weekend when I bumped into him at the soccer fields! He told me to “stay strong” which has always been my goal! Stay strong physically and mentally and inspire others to do the same! No matter what you are going through YOU GOT THIS!!!”

Luna has been diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer) and met Woods at her soccer match over the weekend. Woods is a big fan of the sport and encouraged the positive 10-year-old to ‘”Stay Strong” as she continues her battle against her condition.

Per Luna’s GoFund me page:

“Ewing’s Sarcoma is a rare form of cancer, treatment for it is very expensive, daily shots are upwards of $4000.00 per dose.  Luna will need months of in hospital and outpatient chemotherapy in addition to the blood and immune boosting shots.”

Currently, the page has raised $106,601 out of its $200,000 goal. You can donate to Luna’s page here.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Jose Jimenez

    May 30, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    My respect to her, she has more guts and determination than Tiger will ever know,,, he is so phoney,,,

  2. K

    May 29, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Sucks to see children sick like this. Hpefully they reach their financial goal so they can focus all their energy and attention on recovery.

  3. Tom

    May 26, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Shameful that this girl’s medical bills have to be covered by a GoFundMe campaign

  4. dixiedoc

    May 26, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Wow, Phil can’t even have a couple of days of media adoration without mentioning Tiger. Shame

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Tony Finau gives courtside golf lesson to Dwyane Wade at Utah Jazz game

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If last night is anything to go by, then it looks like Tony Finau has taken up coaching golf in the off-season.

While attending the Utah Jazz opening game on Wednesday night, Finau was spotted sitting courtside with future hall-of-famer Dwyane Wade.

During the game, the two stars of their respective sports took a break from the on court action to discuss some mechanics of the golf swing. Finau was seen giving D-Wade some advice on how to grip the golf club and employ proper wrist action through impact .

I don’t expect to see Wade on the PGA Tour anytime soon, but getting golf advice from the best golfer to come out of the state of Utah certainly won’t hurt his handicap.

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Young fan pens touching letter to his favorite golfer Tommy Fleetwood

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Back in Japan, Tommy Fleetwood was reunited with his biggest fan at Narashino Country Club when he arrived to play the ZOZO Championship this week.

The popular Englishman revealed that he received a heartwarming letter from a young Japanese fan, Ryota Kato, which he shared on his Twitter page. When they first met, Fleetwood gave Ryota an autographed glove and the young man has never forgotten it.

Ryota’s presence at the ZOZO Championship this week as Fleetwood’s “wingman”, may have given him the boost he needed to get off to a strong start at Narashino Country Club. After struggling on Tour for most of last season, the 30-year old Englishman posted a 67 (-3) and stands tied for 6th after round one.

Ryota will be watching the next three rounds anxiously as his favorite professional golfer competes for the trophy. Maybe the young fan cheering him along is exactly what Tommy needs to finally get his first career PGA Tour win.

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Nelly Korda reveals her main swing thought and why she plays an ‘amateur’ driver

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Nelly Korda has had an incredibly successful 2021, winning her maiden major and then backing that up by taking Gold at the Olympics in Tokyo this summer.

Earlier this year, the 23-year-old switched to Titleist’s game improvement TSi1 driver. This week on the FAIRGAME podcast with Adam Scott, Korda revealed how a first-ever visit to the Titleist Performance Institute to get properly fitted was behind the switch.

“I actually went to TPI for the first time in my entire life this year. End of January. And I was using the old Epic driver, like a five-year-old driver, I couldn’t get fit for a driver at all. 

Then I went to TPI, and they fit me into their driver, which by the way, is an amateur driver (laughing). And they were like ‘This is the first time a pro has ever won with this driver'”

In addition to the club fitting, Korda added that a major key behind her success with the TSi1 driver is the aesthetics of the club: “I really like the look of it (TSi1 driver). I need to like the look of my clubs; if I don’t, then I can’t hit them.”

The Gold Medalist has one of the best looking swings in the sport, and stressed the importance of tempo while sharing her primary swing thought:

“My main thought in my swing, because it gets really long, is shoulder to chin. Once my shoulder hits my chin, then I start my downswing.”

The World Number One also made a surprising admission on the show, telling Scott how much she hates to hit the range. 

“I hate spending time on the range. I absolutely can’t stand it. I can spend maybe 45 minutes to an hour, but recently in the past year and a half, I’ve definitely been spending more time on my swing, especially recently.”

To listen to the interview in full, click here.

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