In recent years, many athletes have taken to the Player’s Tribune to write about changing teams or to share their opinion on important issues. For one golfer, however, the article he wrote for the magazine was much more personal.
Morgan Hoffmann isn’t the first name you would think of when you’re asked to name some PGA TOUR professionals but he has been an avid player for the past few years. The 28-year old Hoffman has been golfing as a professional since 2010 but hasn’t been able to garner much success, only finishing in the top 10 in one tournament last year. That left him ranked 80th in the FedExCup standings and 189th in the World Golf Rankings.
Morgan Hoffmann tees off on the third hole during the third round of the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC on July 4, 2015 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Outside of his play, however, Hoffmann took to the Player’s Tribune to talk about a serious personal matter he has been dealing with for over a year. In November 2016, Hoffmann stated that he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, an incurable disease that is similar to Lou Gehrig’s disease. Currently, Hoffmann is only feeling atrophy in his chest area but his specific disease is known for attacking the chest, back, neck, arms, and occasionally legs.
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— Patrick Rodgers (@PRodgersGolf) December 4, 2017
Despite receiving the tough news, Hoffmann has not flinched or given any sign of the symptoms on the PGA TOUR. Widely known as one of the fittest players on the circuit, the news came as a surprise to many of his fellow golfers. Several players came out on Twitter to show their support for Hoffmann, including Wesley Bryan, Mackenzie Hughes, and Patrick Reed.
Even with the disease expecting to worsen as the years go on, Hoffmann will still compete at the PGA TOUR level. And while he competes, Morgan will be playing for charity rather than personal glory. “I cannot wait to start raising money and awareness to fight this disease! Soon, I will be announcing the date of a charity golf event that I will hold at my home course, the Arcola Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey,” Hoffmann wrote.
This is incredibly tough news for any person to take, let alone a professional athlete. We send our thoughts to Hoffmann and his family and we can only hope that he will continue to have a successful career while he plays at the professional level.
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