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dateline: 30 July 2013

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American Golfer Chooses Family First

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • PGA: Professional Golfers’ Association
  • Canadian Open: an annual professional golf tournament
  • labour: the process of delivering a baby
  • withdraw: to remove oneself from something
  • benefit: to receive something good

American Golfer Chooses Family First

PGA Tour golfer Hunter Mahan had a two-shot lead in the Canadian Open on Friday when he received a call that his wife Kandi had gone into early labour. The professional golfer withdrew from the tournament, and returned to Dallas to be present for his first child’s birth. Mahan’s wife gave birth to a healthy baby girl early the following morning. By from the tournament, Mahan gave up his chance of winning the first prize of $1 million. Mahan has already won more than $2.3 million in this year. American golfer Brandt Snedeker, who benefited from Mahan’s withdrawal and came in first place, said he’d be sending baby a very nice gift.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why did the golfer have to leave the Canadian tournament?
  2. What happened when the golfer returned to Dallas?
  3. Why did Brandt Snedeker say he was going to buy the new baby a nice gift?

Discussion Question:
Is it common for people in your country to put their work lives ahead of their family lives? What situations make it difficult for people to put family first?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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