Roberto De Vincenzo, the famous Argentine golfer, once won a tournament, and after receiving the check and smiling for the cameras, he went to the clubhouse and prepared to leave. Sometime later he walked alone to his car in the parking lot and was approached by a young woman. She congratulated him on his victory and then told him that her child was seriously ill and near death.
De Vincenzo was touched by her story and took out his pen and endorsed his winning check for payment to the woman.
“Make some good days for the baby,” he said as he pressed the check in her hand.
The next week he was having lunch in a country club when a PGA official came to his table.
“Some of the guys in the parking lot last week told me you met a young woman there after you won the tournament,” the official said.
De Vincenzo nodded.
“Well,” said the official, “I have news for you. She’s a phony. She’s not married. She has no sick baby. She fleeced you, my friend.”
“You mean there is no baby who is dying?” said De Vincenzo.
“That’s the best news I’ve heard all week,” De Vincenzo said.