Six-year-old born with one arm to challenge pros at Honda Classic

Tommy Morrissey will challenge the pros at this year's Honda Classic.

Tommy Morrissey will challenge the pros at this year’s Honda Classic.

There isn’t much Tommy Morrissey can’t do.

The six-year-old boy from Palm Beach Gardens was born with one arm, but that hasn’t stopped him from excelling on the golf course. Next week, when the pros come to town for the Honda Classic, he’ll put them to the test.

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Morrissey will wait 70 yards from the pin as the players approach the 18th green of the Champion course during their practice rounds Feb. 21 at PGA National Resort & Spa. They will hit the shot with one arm like he does and try to get it closest to the pin. The challenge will start about 9 a.m. It will be featured by CBS and NBC, according to Tommy’s website.

Morrissey can hit the green from more than 100 yards out and does swing impersonations of Arnold Palmer and Rickie Fowler, according to a news release. He was a guest on The Ellen Show when he was three years old. His parents said when he was just a toddler, he’d get upset if they changed the TV channel from golf to cartoons.

Marcia and Joe Morrissey learned he wasn’t going to have part of his right arm at a doctor’s visit a few months before he was born. They haven’t let that stop him from doing anything. Tommy and his dad enjoy spending time together on the golf course.

“We learned that focusing on the disability didn’t get anywhere,” Joe Morrissey said in a news release.

Florida Power & Light is sponsoring the challenge and donating $5,000 to Morrissey’s Unlimbited foundation.

To donate: http://www.unlimbited.org/unlimbited.html.

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