Rory McIlroy pens touching letter to a young golf fan
Rory McIlroy made one young golfer's day by writing to him after he caught a ball that the Northern Irishman threw into the crowd on the way to winning the Tour Championship.
His victory at East Lake also helped him become the FedExCup champion and earned him $11.53 million in one day.
The catalyst for that win came at the 16th hole on the final day when he holed a pitching wedge from 137 yards for eagle.
The 27-year-old celebrated the shot by throwing the ball into the stands and it was picked up by a young golf fan named Brady.
Brady and his family got in touch with McIlroy and his written response was heartwarming.
He wrote: "Hi Brady, I hope you are keeping well. I just want to thank you for coming to watch me at the Tour Championship.
"I also believe you were able to get the ball I threw into the spectators after my eagle on 16. Very well done! That shot turned the tournament in my favour and helped me to eventually win this year's FedEx Cup.
"I'm so glad that somebody young was able to get it before an adult! I hope that ball and this short letter remind you that I have always wanted young people to do well in life.
"It may be at school, playing sport or even just being with your family, but doing your best is really what's most important."
A buddy's nephew received this letter from Rory McIlroy today and it's all kinds of awesome. pic.twitter.com/17xq6VKEIb— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) November 22, 2016