Bob Boyd is looking forward to playing well after undergoing two bone marrow transplants in recent years. (Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)
Latest chapter of Boyd's life has him out of hospital, back on course
Over the past several years, PGA Professional Bob Boyd has split his time between competing at the highest level and surviving two bouts of acute myeloid leukemia. He's feeling good these days, though, and is happier than ever that he's got another chance to play the game he loves so much.
By Bob Denney, The PGA of America
PARKER, Colo. – PGA Life Member and 1988 PGA Professional National Champion, Bob Boyd, is making his second appearance in the Senior PGA Championship, and first since 2008, this week. Boyd, 53, has battled through two bouts of acute myeloid leukemia, receiving two bone marrow transplants since June 2006.
In December that year, Boyd stunned his peers in the Carolinas PGA Section by winning the Carolinas PGA Crowfield Senior Open by seven strokes in Goose Creek, N.C.
A member of the European Seniors Tour since 2004, Boyd has performed well almost from the beginning on that overseas circuit. In his rookie season, he won the Open de Espana Senior Championship.
After losing the 2007 season following a second transplant, Boyd gradually worked himself back into shape throughout 2008.
In 2009, Boyd nearly won two events in Europe, twice falling in a playoff — at the Irish Seniors Open to Ian Woosnam and the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open to John Bland. He finished 18th on the Order of Merit last year.
“When I look back upon the past several years, I feel like I was certainly saved for a reason,” said Boyd. “If I can’t come back and play well, then I have no excuses!”
Boyd said that his recovery includes quarterly check-ups at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill.
“I am so fortunate that I have not had any problems. I feel I am getting better, and the tests have looked good. This is the best I’ve ever felt. I worked hard on my strength training, and followed the routine to a ‘T.’
“It meant everything to me to get back and play. I always enjoy the competition. I may have had a business management degree from the University of Maryland, but I had always been in love with golf. I’ve been playing since I was 12 or 13 years old.”
Boyd said that the Senior PGA Championship represents a “great opportunity.”
“I've played well in Europe, and they have a very competitive field over there. I don’t get to play many Champions Tour events, so being here this week in this Championship is a real bonus.”