John Atkinson, Rest In Peace
For every individual that sulks and says “Why not me? Why him?” I have the following suggestion: avoid loaded questions.
John Atkinson passed away. He was the first winner of the Golf Digest US Open contest to pick a rank-and-file amateur as guinea pig under US Open conditions. Why him? Why not me?
He started well, tired in the middle and smiled at the end of his round last year at Torrey Pines. There was a reason. There were multiple reasons.
I know the following: Atkinson had inoperable lung cancer, despite having never smoked a single butt; he lived to 40, three years younger than I currently am; his three children will not have their father, nor his wife her husband, again.
Why not me? Why him?
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