Pro Golfer Missed A Shot Because A Man With Down Syndrome Shouted, But Instead Of Going All “Happy Gilmore” He Hugged Him

Athletes take their sports seriously, which makes sense since it’s their profession. But it’s nevertheless heartening to see examples of athletes putting competitiveness aside and reminding us that such contests aren’t the most important thing in life, not even close.

An excellent example of this happened last month at the Argentine Open on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica when golfer Brandon Matthews faced a sports test that turned into a character test.

According to Golf Week a lot was on the line, with Matthews competing to win a spot in the 2020 British Open, when things took a turn.

Matthews was in the process of striking an 8-foot putt that he needed to sink in order to progress in the tournament when someone in the crowd yelled out, breaking his concentration and causing him to miss the all-important putt and lose the tournament.

Matthews was initially frustrated, believing that someone had deliberately distracted him, but after organizers explained that the shout came from a middle-aged man with Down Syndrome who had been overcome with excitement, he immediately understood and insisted on meeting the man.


Matthews and the unnamed fan shared a hug and Matthews gave him is autograph, telling Golf Week that he wanted to set things right after the incident, saying:

“I wanted to make sure he didn’t feel badly about the situation. I grew up around people with special needs because of what my mom did when I was kid and have a soft spot in my heart [for people with special needs].”


According to Golf Week Matthews mother managed group homes for Goodwill when he was growing up and he appears to have learned compassion for people in different circumstances that is serving him well in life and on the green.


Written by Stefan

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