“At the same time, it was a huge turning point in my life. When I had that six-stroke lead and it didn’t work, I mean, I was elevated in the world of the public eye by losing, not by winning.
“That changed my life. I can tell you that, dramatically, just by the outpouring of emails and letters and support that I got. No matter whether I walked anywhere, somebody would make a comment about how it changed their life towards their son or daughter by the way I handled it.
The 2009 US Masters begins the week of April 6.
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