Battling golfer Michael Visacki has gone viral after a video was released of him telling his dad he’d fulfilled an epic dream.
American golfer Michael Visacki has gone viral on social media after an emotional video was released of him telling his dad that he’d finally reached the PGA Tour.
The 27-year-old drained a 20-foot birdie putt in a qualifier play-off to secure the fourth and final spot on the PGA Tour, booking a ticket for this week’s Valspar Championship.
Visacki collapsed into the arms of his caddie and best mate Kaylor Steger when he sunk his putt. He was later captured breaking down in tears of joy in a video call with his father, Mike.
“Hey, dad,” Visacki said over the phone.
“Hey,” his dad replied.
Visacki: “How are you?”
Dad: “I’m great.”
“I made it,” Visacki said, choking back tears.
Dad: “Ha! You did? Oh, I love you!”
Visacki plays up to 45 tournaments a year, toiling away in lowly American events, and supports his dream by working long hours at a golf club and fitting in practice when he knocks off.
He’s driven more than 170,000 miles on his car, a 2020 Hondo Accord, over the last six years, travelling from his parents’ home in Sarasota to tournaments all over the USA.
Mini-tour entry fees alone are $400 to $600 and if he doesn’t finish atop the leaderboard he barely breaks even.
In his best year yet financially, 2018, he earned just $68,000, and his last paycheck from a mini-tour event was just $250.
But a much greater reward for effort now looms, with the winner of the Valspar Championship set to walk away with $1.6 million.
“No words can say what I’m feeling right now,” Visacki said.
“Sometimes, as much as I practice, and then I’m not succeeding the way I want to. And then for this, it makes everything so much sweeter.
“They’ve (my parents) given up everything for me. They pushed me to be the best that I could. They sacrificed their dreams for me to be able to play professional golf. Words can’t describe how much they’ve sacrificed for me.”