Chad Pfeifer: Retired Army corporal, amputee, pro golfer.
Chad’s story is one that shows the true grit and determination of our men and women in uniform. On April 12th, 2007 Pfeifer lost his leg in Iraq and when he talks about it, he remembers every detail. The sounds, the motions and the feeling when he realized his leg was gone.
From that day on he found refuge and therapy in a game he never thought he’d love. It helped him push on.
“My first thought was that golf is an old man’s sport,” jokes Pfeifer.
Competing now as a professional golfer on the Web.com Tour should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the game. He is a three time champion of the Warrior Open, a tournament hosted by President George W. Bush and was the 2011 Amputee National Champ.
Pfeifer now chases history as he attempts to be the first amputee ever to compete on the PGA Tour and we wouldn’t put it past this American hero.
“In the big picture, making it to the PGA TOUR is kind of my personal goal, and to see how far I can take my competitive golf, but as I started to get into the game and had more articles written about me, I started to have more guys come up to me that are wounded veterans, to say that I was inspiring to them.” he says.
“Golf saved my life.” says Pfeifer. Everyone hopes to see him playing for many, many more years.
Here is a video profile on Chad:
From the PGA Tour:
Richy Werenski wasn’t sure what to expect when he faced off with Chad Pfeifer, a retired Army corporal who lost a leg in a wartime accident in 2007, during Golf Channel’s Big Break: The Palm Beaches last fall.
But Werenski came away from the experience fully impressed by Pfeifer – for the way he lives his life, and for his golf game.
“I can roll out of bed and go straight to the tee if I want to,” said Werenski, a Web.com Tour rookie. “He can’t. You don’t realize what he goes through every day. Just an unbelievable guy … the way he handles himself considering what he’s been through, it says a lot about him as a person.
“And for him to play golf like he does, it’s so impressive. Just really so impressive, what people can do.”