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