Watch: Erik Van Rooyen's Emotional Victory Reminds Us of Life's True Priorities
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Erik Van Rooyen’s emotional victory at the World Wide Technology Championship, dedicated to his terminally ill friend, Jon Trasamar, serves as a touching reminder of life’s true priorities.


Global (06 November 2023) – Erik Van Rooyen, a gifted South African golfer, recently won the World Wide Technology Championship in a way that transcends the sport, leaving us all with a powerful reminder of what truly matters.

Erik’s remarkable victory went beyond showcasing his exceptional skill; it was a heartfelt tribute to his terminally ill friend, Jon Trasamar, underscoring the enduring strength of friendship and love.

In his emotional post-round interview with George Savaricas from NBC, when asked about how he managed to remain so composed under the immense pressure of the tournament, Erik’s response was a poignant moment that touched the hearts of many.

His eyes filled with tears, and his voice quivered as he said, “I stayed calm because there are more important things in life than golf.”

Erik’s reference to “more important things in life” was, in fact, a tribute to Jon Trasamar, his closest friend and former University of Minnesota teammate. Jon had been battling Stage 4 melanoma for over a year, enduring the relentless journey of treatments and the rollercoaster of hope and despair that comes with a terminal illness. Despite the optimism in late 2022 that Jon might recover, the cancer proved relentless, spreading to his ribs and eventually to his liver, back, spine, and legs.

Erik’s emotional interview revealed the heartbreaking truth that Jon now has only six to ten weeks left to live.

You can watch the heartbreaking video by clicking here if you cannot see it below.

The depth of their friendship was evident as Erik dedicated his hard-fought victory to Jon, making it a celebration of their bond and a symbol of hope and resilience in the face of adversity.

Erik Van Rooyen’s inspiring story serves as a reminder to us all that there are more important things in life than the pursuit of personal achievements and accolades. It highlights the significance of human connections, the power of empathy, and the need to be there for one another in times of hardship.

As we celebrate another incredible South African sporting triumph, let us also take a moment to reflect on the values he embodies. His actions remind us of the profound importance of love, friendship, and empathy. Erik Van Rooyen has shown us that, indeed, there are more important things in life, and for that, we extend our love and kindness to him and to all those facing their own battles.

You can watch the full Winner Press Conference below:

Sources: PGA | NBC 
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