Tucker studies his hero’s every move

“It’s a day filled with sweet swings and encouragement for the future.”

Tucker has a newfound passion for the game of golf after a malfunctioning heart valve prevented him from playing any contact sports.

The 13-year-old from Minnesota underwent nine hours of open-heart surgery at the age of 6, and he discovered golf while recovering from his third surgery. He also discovered a new hero in the world of golf, Rory McIlroy.

Tucker’s wish to meet McIlroy takes place in Ohio at the Memorial Tournament founded by Jack Nicklaus. The teen meets Nicklaus and other PGA players, but it’s his meeting with McIlroy that tops the day’s events.

On the course, McIlroy provides a few tips and instructions for improving Tucker’s game. Before long, the two new friends are sharing stories and getting to know each other better.

It’s a day filled with sweet swings and encouragement for the future.

Tucker’s wish was one of the 2012 “My Wish” stories on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

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Tom K.

Rory McIlroy is such an elite golfer who truly knows how to make kids feel special especially a kid like Tucker DuPont. Even though Tucker can not play contact sports for the rest of his life he can still perfect his golf game because you can play golf at any age and always get better. I am sure Tucker will hopefully keep in contact with Rory and watch Rory take his game to the next level.
Also, I am glad Tucker got to meet the Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus because he was my hero along with Arnold Palmer when I was growing up watching the game and learning it. Years later I got to meet Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus at a local golf tournament and I was so impressed by their kindness towards fans. They are truly two gentleman when it comes to the game of professional golf and where they have taken the PGA tour now.
Thank you for granting Tucker's wish in meeting one of golf's bright new stars Rory McIlroy.

August 20, 2013 - 10:12 PM

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