Before he putted out on the 18th hole at Orchard Ridge Country Club, Tom Wood looked at the gallery and said, "Every day is a good day."
It wasn't just because he was out to wrap up his second victory at the Senior City Championship, though he probably appreciates winning more than most.
For Wood, 54, just being able to play is a gift he doesn?t take for granted.
"I'm playing with five plates and 26 screws (in my body) and I appreciate going out there and playing and walking and being with the guys. When you do good, it's a bonus," said Wood, who shot a final-round 3-under 68 on Tuesday to finish at 2-under for the two-day tournament.
"I was out there playing the other day and this guy says, "You just don't get rattled out there." I responded, "Hey, this is a game. That's just the way it is. Oh, yeah, I appreciate it. I appreciate life every day. This is part of it."
About 14 years ago, Wood and his wife, Lisa, were hit head-on by a drunk driver with a blood alcohol level of .314.
Wood took the worst of the accident, suffering injuries to his hip, wrist, spleen and just about everything else. He was in intensive care for a week, the hospital for a month and a wheelchair for another month and a half. His condition was so worrisome he was given last rites.
Wood came into Tuesday tied for first place at 1 over with Mike Riecke and 2012-champion John Wray, who also won in 2002 and 2010.
Wood wound up with an eight-stroke victory over Wray and three-time champion Sam Till Jr.
"I played really solid," Wood said. "I started off with a birdie on No. 1 by rolling in a nice putt. Then I didn't hit a good drive on the second hole but got up-and-down for bogey. I finished the front 2-under and then played really, really solid."