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11/25/05

Roberto de Vicenzo, the famous Argentine golfer, once won a tournament,
and after receiving the check and smiling for the cameras, he went to
the clubhouse and prepared to leave. Sometime later he walked alone to
his car in the parking lot and was approached by a young woman. She
congratulated him on his victory and then told him that her child was
seriously ill and near death.

De Vicenzo was touched by her story and took out a pen and endorsed his
winning check for payment to the woman. ‘Make some good days to the
baby,' he said as he pressed the check into her hand.

The next week he was having lunch in a country club when a PGA official
came to his table. 'Some of the guys in the parking lot last week told
me you met a young woman there after you won the tournament.' De Vicenzo
nodded. 'Well,' said the official, 'I have news for you. She's a phony.
She's not married. She has no sick baby. She fleeced you, my friend.'

'You mean there is no baby who is dying?' said de Vicenzo.
'That's right.'
'That's the best news I've heard all week,' said de Vincenzo.

--Jack Kornfield

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