Michael Hendry: "I've leukemia, I can't play"

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Michael Hendry: "I've leukemia, I can't play"
Michael Hendry: "I've leukemia, I can't play"

Life doesn't look anyone in the face. Michael Hendry, a New Zealand golf pro, has announced that he has leukemia and that he will not be able to fulfill his dream for the third time, namely to play the Open Championship, the last Major 2023 scheduled for July at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.

Michael Hendry, statements

As soon as word got out, colleagues and the world of golf rallied around the golfer. Hendry, 43, told the story of him with a post on social media. Most of his career has been spent on the Japan Tour where he has been playing on a permanent basis for about ten years with 15 hits.

In 2017 he won the New Zealand Open at home. In Australia in February 2023 made him the Vic Open. In total there are four claims of him on the PGA Tour of Australasia. Just from Japan Michael has returned in recent weeks to undergo the first chemotherapy session after the diagnosis of leukemia, which arrived in early April.

The disease appears to be in remission and he himself has made it known "that he has a 90% chance of a complete recovery". The therapy involves three more cycles of chemo in the Auckland hospital. “The last six weeks have seen me in the hospital undergoing treatment to try to free myself from the disease – he explained – because I have a long battle ahead of me.

This is the fight of my life, a fight for my life, but I am determined to win it." Hendry also spoke to the New Zealand press. “Looking back, I'm quite satisfied with what I've done over time and what I've had. For this side I have no regrets ”.

On the other hand, there are some human concerns about the future. “The most difficult thing for me is that I have not yet fulfilled my responsibility as a father. My daughters are still quite young – that's the hardest thing for me emotionally."