Webb Simpson's normal caddie, Paul Tesori (who, by the way, once got a $10,000 ring from Bubba Watson), has the week off from caddying for his man Simpson in Hawaii at the Tournament of Champions.
This would normally be a respite (despite the fact that it's Hawaii) for a guy like Tesori who lugs a bag around the country for hundreds of days a year but this week it's not.
Tesori is absent from the Tournament of Champions because he's tending to his infant son who is in the NICU in Florida.
Isaiah Tesori was born a week ago but, according to Jason Sobel, started having seizures shortly after he was born. He was rushed to intensive care.
Simpson said he considered pulling out of the tournament but instead he's going to try and win it for Tesori and his son.
"He wanted me to go out and play as I normally would and play hard. He's dealing with all that he's dealing with, and you know, when you have a close friend going through something like that, you want to be at least near him, give him a hug."
"Paul sent me a text this morning, just told me he loved me and wanted me to go out and fight as hard as I would any other day, and that's what Teddy and I did. You know, I felt like we were out there playing for Isaiah."
Simpson, who is in a three-way tie for the lead after the third round, borrowed Bubba Watson's caddie Ted Scott for the weekend. Scott wrote Isaiah's name on his hat and Tesori was touched by the encouragement:
Tesori also made sure to let everyone know how much he appreciated the love and prayer:
I keep tweeting this but THANK YOU! I keep getting emotional with every prayer, tweet & text. Isaiah is in God's perfect & loving care.— Paul Tesori (@PaulTesori) January 6, 2014
I'm not normally one for sob stories when it comes to sports but this clearly goes way beyond the normal pre-packaged production you see on TV. This is real life.
And as someone who just had his first son two weeks ago myself, I'm rooting hard for everyone involved.