Pro golfer Rory Sabbatini gives $170,000 to US military charity

In case you missed this at Wizbang Sports.

Rory Sabbatini at least took a step toward mending his image this week when he donated his Target last-place check of $170,000 to the United Through Reading Foundation, which assists servicemen and women and their families who are in combat overseas.

This isn’t the first time Rory, who is South African, has been generous to US servicemen and their families. Read this news from three years ago.

Dublin, Ohio: If Rory Sabbatini qualifies for the NEC Invitational this year, those in the know won’t disparage his unusual choice of Thursday attire, which is actually a tribute to soldiers in Iraq.

The 29-year-old South African started wearing camouflage pants in February as a tribute to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides aid to families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His wife, Amy, read an article about the US government’s poor death benefits and the charity in an airline magazine and called it to his attention.

With Sabbatini donating $US250 ($332) for each birdie and $US1000 for each eagle, the fund jumped by $US1500 after the first round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Sabbatini turned in his best score in camouflage, firing a six-under-par 66 to trail leader Jeff Sluman by one shot.

Kudos to Rory for his generosity. How many US born pros on the PGA Tour are that generous to our fighting men and women?

If you want to read a post about Rory and his feud with Tiger Woods, click here.

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