A win by the good guys

Don’t you just love it when the good guys win?

Zach Johnson’s win at the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions was a perfect example of how life should be.

Not that the folks who finished in back of the future Hall of Famer are any less deserving – indeed, this week we had a leaderboard full of great golfers and exemplary human beings.

First of all, our champion. He is a father whose two young sons came running out to greet him on Kapalua’s 18th green Monday. Then his wife brought their young daughter out – she immediately cried for Daddy to hold her. He obliged.

Later, he would thank his family and his God for the life that he is living.

The second-place finisher – Jordan Spieth – is 20 years old. He impressed everyone in the press box by saying he “was humbled” just to be in the field of champions at the Hyundai. Then he dusted everyone but Zach on one of the most challenging courses on the PGA Tour.

And we can’t forget two very moving stories from our third-place finishers. Kevin Streelman’s wife had their first child less than two weeks ago. It was a difficult pregnancy and delivery. He tearfully told his wife and new child on television how much he loved them. Then he went out and won an impressive amount of money to support his family.

Webb Simpson borrowed Bubba Watson’s caddy for the tournament. His caddy (Paul Tesori) and his wife were expecting a child. The baby was born and had a seizure shortly after birth. Webb’s wife was at the hospital with the Tesoris and the golfer let the whole world know of their plight.

Now, none of this even mentions the hundreds of thousands of dollars the Hyundai raises for Maui nonprofits and charities every year. But, folks, the golfers who help us every year with their efforts at the Plantation Course are real people with real problems of their own.

They may have more money, but they are not immune to life’s challenges. We are lucky to have heroes who help us while helping their own friends and families.

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