Rags-to-riches Jose de Jesus Rodriguez living dream after earning PGA tour spot as 37-year-old rookie
- Golf has long been a rich source for jaw-dropping tales of stunning success
- Jose de Jesus Rodriguez came from nowhere to earn a spot on the PGA Tour
- Aged 15 and penniless, Rodriguez spent three months trying to reach America
- It would then be another decade before his dream of becoming a pro took root
For all its reputation as a pampered man’s sport, golf has been a rich source for tales of success that go way beyond the territory of the unexpected and into the land where the jaw simply goes slack.
Think of Erik Compton, who made it to the PGA Tour despite two heart transplants. Or Patrick Cantlay, who cradled his best friend while his life ebbed away following a hit-and-run, and went on to become one of the world’s best players in his memory.
Or Tony Finau, who started out hitting balls with a six iron against a carpet pinned to the wall in his garage, before bucking astronomical odds to become a Ryder Cup player.
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