- Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016
- PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.
On Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. ET, CBS will air an hour-long special titled Making Cancer History presented by MD Anderson Cancer Center that illustrates the impact cancer has had on the PGA TOUR and what the TOUR and MD Anderson are doing to help combat the disease through fundraising and awareness.
Every day, 1,500 people pass away from the disease, the second-most common cause of death among Americans. Cancer knows no boundaries and has touched the lives of sports’ most popular athletes, including those on the PGA TOUR. The special features personal stories from the golf community – from professionals to members of the media and children.
PGA TOUR 2016: Making Cancer History presented by MD Anderson Cancer Center, which was produced by PGA TOUR Entertainment, will take an in-depth look at the following stories:
--Daniel Berger: The reigning PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year is an ambassador for Teen Cancer America, an organization dedicated to providing hospitals with specialized facilities and services for teens and young adults with cancer.
--Smylie Kaufman: The PGA TOUR rookie and 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open champion and his brother, Luckie, helped start an organization called Kids vs. Cancer when they were growing up after several children in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, were diagnosed with cancer.
--Mark Rolfing & Peter Kostis: For decades, these television broadcasters have been on rival networks, and now they are both cancer survivors. When Rolfing began his battle with salivary gland cancer in 2015, Kostis was one of the first to call and lend his support, becoming just one of the many in the PGA TOUR family who have helped Rolfing get through his battle with the disease.
--Jonathan Byrd: The five-time PGA TOUR winner lost his father and mentor, Jim, to brain cancer in 2009. Jim first introduced Jonathan and his brother, Jordan, to golf when they were three, and lived a life sharing that passion with both of his sons.
--Peter Malnati: The 2015 Sanderson Farms Championship winner made his mark outside the ropes years ago by befriending a girl, Madeline, who was battling cancer.
--Randy Jones: As a PGA head professional at Alamo Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas, Randy is a current MD Anderson patient battling melanoma. Through his 5-year journey, he’s made it his personal mission to educate golfers, especially children, on the importance of sun safety.
PGA TOUR 2016: Making Cancer History/MD Anderson Cancer Center Production PGA Tour Entertainment Seth Fader, Torrey Smith, directors. Postproduction PGA Tour Entertainment Craig Garrett, editor.