Bohn's health scare helps save his mom's life

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AVONDALE, La. – Jason Bohn’s heart attack last month was a wakeup call for everyone in his family. 

After doctors discovered that Bohn had 99 percent blockage in a major artery, his 72-year-old mother, Carol, recently went to the doctor to get checked out. 

She underwent a stress test and wasn’t allowed to leave the hospital. Last Monday, she underwent triple-bypass surgery. 

“If it saved my mother’s life,” Bohn said of his health scare, “it would probably be the greatest thing that could ever happen to me.”

Bohn returned to competition April 14 at the RBC Heritage, where he made the cut but faded on the weekend, ultimately settling for a tie for 69th.

“I told my caddie: I don’t know where my game is, but we’re just going to have some fun, we’re going to have a lot of laughs, we’re going to enjoy it,” he said. “And on Saturday, I was cussing the game already. I thought it would take more than three days for me to cuss the game.” 

Bohn’s goals are the same now as they were before his heart attack – he wants to win and reach the Tour Championship.

“My expectations are it’s golf time,” he said Tuesday at the Zurich Classic. “I’ve got to get back on it.” 

Bohn said he hasn't changed his pre-tournament preparation – all his doctor instructed him to do was avoid riding a rollercoaster for a year. He has three hour-long cardio sessions a week and says his energy levels are higher after switching to a low-sodium diet. 

Of course, there are a few exceptions. He smoked a few racks of ribs Sunday for his 43rd birthday. And this week's event is in New Orleans, where he usually feasts on the smoked duck at NOLA and a dozen chargrilled oysters each night.

“I can’t say I’m going to eat the same foods,” he said, “but I’m going to give it a shot. I’ll eat less of the same foods.”