I have a passion for golf. It started when I was 12 years old playing with my father. I took lessons with a gentleman named Ken Friend at Tides Golf Club in Seminole, Florida, and I have loved the game ever since. I grew up idolizing Jack Nicklaus and the '75 & '86 Masters remains two of my favorite sports memories. Gary Player has been a big influence in my life, not only on my golf game, but also regarding health and nutrition. As I said to Mr. Player recently, every time I'm tempted to go to the freezer for a bowl of ice cream, it's his voice that I hear in my head saying, "come on man that's poison!"
Augusta National is my favorite place on the planet. Attending The Masters tournament is one of the year's top priorities. I cherish walking those hallowed grounds. It gives me a feeling of wonder and excitement that has become a part of me and I never want it to leave.
I was born in Pittsburgh and the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates are in my DNA. I also lived outside of Boston for several years and spending time at Fenway Park and the Boston Garden, the Red Sox and Celtics got into my soul.
Tranquil late afternoon rounds of golf with my father and son are a joy and my favorite time to play. My annual golf trip with my buddies is always a highlight of the golf year. I also enjoy going to our local PGA Tour SuperStore and testing out new equipment with my son; it's one of our favorite things to do together.