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Baby Isaiah making an impact on Simpson, Tesori

Posted May 1, 2014
Updated May 2, 2014

— Raleigh native Webb Simpson has been in the top-15 of the World Golf Rankings all year and has done so by making little changes here and there to his game. Nothing, however, was as difficult as when his caddie Paul Tesori had to walk away to be with his newborn son – a son that is lucky to be alive.

January 4 was supposed to be the happiest day of Tesori’s life. That was the day that “PGA Tour caddie” became the second most important title behind “Dad.” However, the day Tesori became a parent, he encountered every parent’s worst nightmare – complications during birth.

“We never doubted what God’s plan was, but we did doubt how well it was going to go after that,” Tesori said. “I wanted to be able to take away any pain that they had and any uncertainty. There was so much uncertainty at the very beginning.”

Baby Isaiah battled through blood on the brain and a brain virus only to win the fight and make it – considered by the family and doctors to be a minor medical miracle. And even after being diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Paul, and his wife Michelle, could not stop the tears of joy.

“We celebrated it,” Tesori said. “We know that he’s going to have a long and healthy life. We have heard from every parent that has a kid with Down Syndrome just how much love that they have. That extra chromosome might be the extra love that they bring to us.”

Similarly, the response from everybody on Tour was overwhelming.

“The whole golf world, I think, rallied behind Baby Isaiah,” said Simpson.”I’ve seen people get out of their comfort zones and be vulnerable.”

“My daughter was born the same week as Isaiah,” recalled Duke graduate and fellow PGA Tour player Kevin Streelman. “It definitely hit home what they had to go through. We were praying hard.”

This week in Quail Hallow, Tesori is back on the bag as an extra set of eyes for Simpson. But for those who know the Tesori family, their eyes are on Baby Isaiah as he sports a million-dollar smile from his stroller.

“It is his official debut,” Tesori said. “It is pretty special to us.”

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