The American fell into his younger brother’s arms and burst into tears after sinking his last Valspar Championship qualifying putt before calling his father to tell him the good news.
The heartwarming moment of Visacki crying over the phone to his father has since gone viral and has highlighted how hard the 27-year-old has had to work.
Visacki has literally been a long way to come to this. He has traveled more than a hundred thousand kilometers in his Honda Accord in pursuit of his sporting ambitions.
As a promising junior he turned pro in 2014 but has since been stricken with misfortune. He almost made his first cut in 2019, but missed a shot after his ball got stuck in a tree.
He says that moment almost crushed him, but with the support of his parents, he was able to keep fighting.
“A lot of people give up on their dreams, probably because they can’t afford it,” Visacki, who worked multiple jobs and lived with his parents to fund his dream, said at a press conference Tuesday.
“But I was fortunate to be with my parents and sometimes I was able to help me carry on with my life.”
Now that he’s qualified, the new fan favorite will have the chance to make a living as a professional golfer and has earned the right to play thanks to his courage and determination.
“I never thought about quitting smoking,” he added during a touching press conference. “I know I have the game to compete here and I never thought of quitting once. I said, ‘I have to keep going, I’m not getting any younger, so keep fighting.'”
This week’s Valspar Championship is played in Florida, USA, and has a fund of $ 6.9 million.