“People know who I am in Connecticut,” Henry said. “If I happen to get on TV and hit some good shots, and if Golf Channel talks about it … it’s not about me,” he said. “I just wanted to do something as someone who grew up there and went to those schools. If Golf Channel can talk about the whole PGA Tour family, we all feel the same way. I think that’s what we’re all after.”
Henry did not want the week to go by without raising awareness that 20 first-grade students, along with six educators, were slain Dec. 14 by a gunman on a day that shook the country.
Henry was home in Texas when he heard the news. The shootings happened so close to where he grew up and where his parents still live, it reached a point where he had a hard time turning on the news.
“It’s almost hard to talk about,” he said.
Henry has an endorsement deal with TaylorMade, though that doesn’t include the front of his hat, one of the most visible billboards among golfers. He is completing a corporate deal for that space, but in the meantime, he thought it would be appropriate to do something _ anything _ so that Sandy Hook would not be forgotten.
SNEDEKER BONUS: Brandt Snedeker has earned just over $10 million in his last three years on the PGA Tour, and he collected a $10 million bonus last September when he captured the FedEx Cup. He lives modestly in Nashville, Tenn., and is not one who gets too wrapped up in money.
The FedEx Cup was an exception, but only for a second. He received $9 million up front, with $1 million deferred.
“Put it this way,” Snedeker said. “I never check my bank account statements, and that was the first time I’ve checked it.”
But whatever he spends isn’t for him. Snedeker has created the Brandt and Mandy Snedeker Foundation geared toward helping children in the Nashville area. He already has made a couple of donations, and is looking for ways to use the foundation to channel more of his money.
As for himself?
Snedeker still drives the same car and doesn’t plan to get another one. He doesn’t plan to do much of anything with his big windfall, except to donate to charities.
“The way I look at it is I play golf for a living,” he said. “I’m not smart enough to play golf and manage my own money. There’s a bunch of people out there a lot smarter than I am, who can do a lot better than I can. So why not find them and make sure they know what they’re doing.”
MUSINGS: Hyundai clients had the first two choices for the Thursday pro-am at the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. The first pick was Rickie Fowler, not surprising given his popularity. The second choice of a player was John Huh, the South Korean who was the only rookie last year to reach the Tour Championship. … Steve Stricker would not lose much by playing no more than 10 tournaments this year. Even though the PGA Tour requires a minimum of 15 events for its members, if Stricker were to fall short of that he would only use his voting rights for the 2014 season, meaning he would not be able to vote for player of the year, as an example. Stricker also said some of the deferred income from his FedEx Cup bonuses would kick in if he doesn’t play the minimum 15 events. He didn’t seem overly bothered. Asked if there were any negatives on his plan to go into semi-retirement, Stricker said, “I can’t think of any.”
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