Ken Venturi had a severe stuttering problem as a youth, lost competitive golf to carpal tunnel syndrome in his prime, lost a wife to brain cancer and 17 months ago underwent heart surgery. Yet he’s inclined to repeat, “I’ve been very fortunate.”
Hunter Mahan stands in a flower bed behind the 16th green after finding his ball and planning his shot during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, Aug. 8, 2010. Mahan went on to win the tournament.
Padraig Harrington, of Ireland, hands out golf balls to spectators following his practice round for the 91st PGA Championship at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009.
Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his approach shot to the 18th green in the second round of the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Friday, Dec. 4, 2009. Harrington finished the day at 7-under-par 137, in a three-way tie for second, two strokes behind leader Y.E. Yang.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 17th hole during the final round of the Irish Open Golf Championship at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, Ireland, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010.
Australia's Adam Scott is silhoetted as he putts the ball during his second round in the Johnnie Walker Classic golf tournamen at Pine Valley Golf resort in Beijing, Saturday, April 23, 2005. Scott finished his second round at 15 under par, after he set a new course record after firing a 9-under-par 63 Friday for a three stroke lead after the delayed first round.
Austalia's Adam Scott, left, poses with the trophy, with Hassan Al Nuaimi, right, President of the Qatar Golf Association, after winning final round of the Qatar Masters golf tournament in Doha, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008.
Stuart Appleby, of Australia, waves to the gallery after making a birdie putt on the 10th green during the third round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Honolulu. Two rounds were scheduled to be played Sunday.
Adam Scott of Australia kisses the Byron Nelson Championship golf trophy after winning the tournament in Irving, Texas, Sunday, April 27, 2008. Scott made a 9-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to force a playoff, then made a 48-footer playing it again on the third playoff hole to beat Ryan Moore.
Defending champion Adam Scott, of Australia, hits his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament Thursday, April 3, 2008 in Humble, Texas. Scott shot a course record 9-under-par 63 and is the early clubhouse leader.
Adam Scott, of Australia, watches his chip shot to the 18th green during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament in Atlanta, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006. After three rounds, Scott has a three-shot lead over Vijay Singh and Joe Durant.
Adam Scott of Australia waits to hit his next shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the Nissan Open golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Scott finished one stroke behind winner Rory Sabbatini.
Adam Scott, from Australia lets go with the right hand after miss hitting his tee shot on the 10th hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Friday, May 8, 2009.
Bubba Watson drives the ball on the converted par four sixth hole while practicing for the US Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course Monday June 9, 2008 in San Diego. The USGA changed the sixth hole from a par five to a par four for the Open.
Bubba Watson celebrates after hitting his approach shot on the first playoff hole to two inches during the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament in Cromwell, Conn., on Sunday, June 27, 2010. Watson won the tournament on the second playoff hole.
Bubba Watson pumps his fist after a birdie on 18th hole that forced a three-way playoff with Corey Pavin, and Scott Verplank at the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament on Sunday, June 27, 2010, in Cromwell, Conn.
Bubba Watson chips onto the 17th green during the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament in Cromwell, Conn., on Sunday, June 27, 2010. Watson won for the first time on the PGA Tour, coming from six shots down to win the Travelers Championship in a three-way playoff.
Jarrod Lyle left, and Jason Day, both of Australia, joke around before teeing off on the seventh hole during the second round of the AT&T National golf tournament at the Aronimink Golf Club, Friday, July 2, 2010, in Newtown Square, Pa.
This image made with a fisheye lens shows Tim Petrovic, left, and Jason Day of Australia walking down the 17th fairway during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis.
Jason Day, of Australia, chips onto the 16th green during the final round of the Byron Nelson Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 23, 2010, in Irving, Texas. Day won the tournament at 10 under par.
Jason Day hits his approach on the 18th hole during the second round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament Friday, May 21, 2010, in Irving, Texas. Day finished the day at 9-under, 131, one stroke behind leaders Cameron Beckman and Blake Adams.