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The Tour Report

January 6 2014

1:19 PM

Tesori family grateful for support


It's safe to say some of the TVs at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., will be tuned to the Golf Channel rather than Nickelodeon this afternoon.

As Paul Tesori and his wife Michelle spend time with their newborn son Isaiah, who is undergoing tests at the hospital, the father's boss, Webb Simpson, will be trying to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Simpson enters the final round tied with Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, the defending champion, at 14 under, two strokes ahead of Zach Johnson. But that battle pales in comparision to the drama that unfolded after Isaiah suffered a seizure shortly after he was born on Saturday.

Simpson considered heading home to be with his good friend but decided to stay in Hawaii and hopefully win the tournament for Tesori. Simpson's fill-in caddy, Ted Scott, who normally caddies for Bubba Watson, wore "Isaiah" on his cap during the third round.

The overwhelming support has prompted Tesori and his wife to post the following statement and photos of Isaiah on their website, www.tesorifamilyfoundation.org. They will continue to post updates on Paul's journal page as their son recovers. 

"We are so blessed for all the support and prayers from our families, Webb & Dowd, Teddy (Scott), our friends and the entire golf community. In the mere 36 hours he has been with us, our perfect little boy, Isaiah, has not only touched our hearts, he has touched thousands of lives. We continue to ask for prayers for baby Isaiah's brain, heart and body as we await many test results over the coming weeks as well as prayers for the nurses and doctors tasked with loving and caring for him. Regardless of the results, Jeremiah 1:5 assures us this is all part of God's perfect plan, and we will embrace whatever lies ahead for our family."
~ Paul & Michelle Tesori