June 30, 2011
We've all heard those stories about a freak accident that ends up saving someone's life. A person breaks their arm, and when they go in for surgery, the doctor notices a far bigger medical issue that may not have been caught in time had it not been for the broken arm.
They're pretty cool stories that prove things do happen for a reason. If you don't believe me, just ask Sean O'Hair, who helped save a guy's life with a wayward shot off the tee at last year's AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club.
Playing his last hole of the day in the final round of last year's tournament, O'Hair's drive on the 18th hole went off line, eventually hitting 25-year-old spectator Chris Logan in the temple, an injury that one could only imagine wasn't the way Logan had hoped to spend Fourth of July.
But as Philly.com noted in the story, the shot ended up being a blessing in disguise.
As emergency medical technicians hustled him to a nearby tent to be examined, Logan had no idea this would be the luckiest day of his life.
While checking him out for a concussion, a doctor inquired about a lump just below his throat and urged him to visit his family doctor to get it checked out. The lump turned out to be a malignant tumor on his thyroid. He underwent two surgeries less than six weeks after being struck by the ball.
Of course, the best news of all is that Logan is now cancer-free, and he even got the chance to spend some time with O'Hair during Tuesday's practice round.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is the first time in the history of golf that a fan getting pegged by a ball was the one saying thank you.