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Morgan Hoffmann, with muscular dystrophy, returns to golf after three years


Morgan Hoffmann was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in 2017 and was off the circuit for three years. But he now he came back.

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(CNN) --

When golfer Morgan Hoffmann was diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy — a disease that causes his muscles to weaken — in 2017, he was told nothing could be done.

But after a five-year journey of discovery, the 32-year-old is back on the PGA Tour and loving life back on the course.

This week he shot a respectable par 71 at South Carolina's RBC Heritage, but he has more to celebrate than most.

"It felt great. The first tee shot wasn't as nerve-wracking as I thought it would be. I had a great group. It was easy to keep it light out there. We played fast, which was good," he told reporters.

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"The match didn't seem as bad as I thought, so it was quite exciting," he admitted.

Hoffmann returned to the Tour racing on a major medical exemption after undergoing treatment for his rare form of muscular dystrophy.

"I'm still questioning

His treatment has taken him around the world, from Nepal to Costa Rica, in search of alternative ways to treat his illness.

He lived among "healers" with his wife in Costa Rica, but he is aware that not everyone will be able to understand his journey.

"A lot of people call some of the things I've embarked on hallucinogenic, but my way of looking at them is very different," adds Hoffmann.

"I think it's like a back door or a side door to different dimensions or different planes. I'm still not clear on it; I keep questioning and trying to understand everything."

Hoffmann needs 238,420 or more FedExCup points to remain in the major doctor category for the rest of the year and has three starts left to get them.

But for the American, he is just happy to get back to playing the sport that brings him so much joy.

"I like this game so much. It's so tough. I've had a great time out there. I think the game is closer than I thought, and it's exciting. I'm excited," he said.


Source: cnnespanol

All news articles on 2022-04-15

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