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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 169
1 NIGHT $149PP TWIN SHARE 2 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $280PP 3 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $349 PP ENJOY: Deluxe suite accomm Free wifi Free in-house movies Unlimited golf + cart for the duration of stay Daily buffet breakfast Day spa vouchers STAY& PLAY southern highlands (02) 4862 8600 gibraltarbowral.com.au JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS FROM thoughts of living life in a wheelchair to winning a second Masters green jacket, Jose Maria Olazabal’s journey back to the pinnacle of world golf is as remarkable as it is brave. Diagnosed with incredibly debilitating rheumatoid arthritis in 1995, the Spaniard’s feet became so painful that he could barely walk. He stopped playing for six months and wondered whether he’d ever be able to swing a club again, let alone compete on tour. But another diagnosis put the blame for the pain on a hernia in his back, and the ensuing treatment allowed him to return to golf, paving the way for his second Masters win in 1999, as well as another seven victories worldwide. ERIK COMPTON HEART TRANSPLANT x2 UNLIKE the other players on our list, Compton has never won on the PGA Tour, but the fact that he's competing at all is a testament both to modern medicine and his incredible resolve. The 35-year-old was just 12 when he received his first heart transplant, after being diagnosed with a condition that causes his heart tissue to become inflamed and prevents it from pumping as hard as it should. His second ticker lasted until 2008, when he drove himself to hospital while suffering a near-fatal heart attack and was forced to undergo another transplant. While much of his career has been spent on second-tier tours, Compton became one of last year's more remarkable stories when he turned in the performance of his life to tie for second at the US Open. LEE TREVINO MULTIPLE BACK SURGERIES IF YOUR kids ever ask why players scamper off the course the moment a storm hits, remind them about Lee Trevino. The Hall of Famer was struck by lightning at the Western Open in 1975 after a bolt hit a nearby marsh, travelled through the banks and entered his body through the metal spikes in his shoes. The lightning exited through his back, causing significant spinal injuries that later required two surgeries. But it wasn’t long before the Mexican was competing again, and won a tournament in each of the next eight years, before signing off with his final major title at the 1984 PGA Championship.
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