Johnstone Overcomes MS


There was a story that went almost unnoticed the week before last that I want to highlight. Tony Johnstone collected his first victory on the European Seniors Tour at the Jersey Seniors Classic. No surprises, really; Johnstone was a prolific champion during his time on the main tour winning six times including a BMW PGA Championship.
But dig deeper and you find this was an extraordinary feat. Four years ago Johnstone was told he would never play golf again having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a condition which affects the central nervous system. But through the support of family and friends and with the help of a revolutionary treatment, Johnstone has indeed been able to continue playing.
It's not been easy, though; the 52-year-old Zimbabwean has had to re-learn large parts of his game, including a complete overhaul of his putting technique to use his left hand. He said after his victory, There are so many MS sufferers out there. Hopefully this win will show them not to give up hope. There are a lot of people when they first find out go into a tailspin and press the panic button but I was lucky to get a clinical trial. There is a lot being done in research and hopefully this will show people not to give up hope. Thats my goal really: to show MS sufferers it' not the end of the road.
European Round-Up:
Seven years after taking the Silver Medal at the Open Championship, Englishman David Dixon earned his first victory on the European Tour with a one-shot margin over the overnight leader Christian Nilsson. Dixon joins the likes of Justin Rose, Tiger Woods and Luke Donald as Silver Medal winners to have won on the European Tour. This week the tour heads to Germany for the BMW International Open, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen and Colin Montgomerie are in the field.
Anne-Louise Caudal notched a surprise victory at the Portugal Ladies Open on the Algarve. The Frenchwoman, whos playing her second year on the LET, beat Gwladys Nocera and Georgina Simpson by a shot with a final-round 70. The tour heads to the Canary Island of Tenerife for the Tenerife Ladies Open this week.
On the Challenge Tour, Simon Robinson carded the lowest final round by a winner this season to collect the trophy at the SK Golf Challenge in Finland after a 63. And on the European Seniors Tour, Peter Mitchell earned his first victory with a two-shot margin over Ian Woosnam in Wales.
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