Friday, June 12, 2009

On the eve of the second Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge, it was reported today that last year's contestant died from lung cancer. A lifelong non-smoker, John Atkinson, 40, won an essay contest last year, and he was paired with three celebrities as he tried to break 100 at Torrey Pines a week before the U.S. Open.Atkinson's score of 114 was respectable considering he was playing a U.S. Open course with celebrities and cameras all around him. But it was heroic given the fact that he continued to play golf while going through chemotherapy.

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