Lesson in humanity courtesy Fred Couples and his new young friend

When he was two years old, Campbell Laidlaw was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer and given a...

When he was two years old, Campbell Laidlaw was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer and given a 10% chance of survival. On Friday, the now 14-year-old met his golf hero, Fred Couples. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:22 AM ET

CALGARY - Of the thousands of spectators who lined the first hole at Canyon Meadows for Fred Couples’ opening shot Friday, none were as adoring as the mop-topped kid with the new green shoes and the ear-to-ear grin.

That’s because 14-year-old cancer-survivor Campbell Laidlaw not only got to act as the group’s standard-bearer but got to spend the day with the former Masters champ a day earlier as an honorary ambassador.

However, it was Couples who proved to be the greatest diplomat by outfitting the teen with the new kickers, amongst other things.

“He met me about 8 in the morning, and he wasn’t very impressed with the bright yellow Nikes I wore, so he told me to go into the pro shop and buy a new pair of Eccos,” beamed Laidlaw, who was diagnosed at age two with a rare pediatric cancer and given a 10% chance of survival followed by eight rounds of chemotherapy and two bone-marrow transplants.

“Then, on the way up from the range, he bought me a gift — a new driver. It’s just unbelievable. A dream come true.”

Instead of the cursory grip-and-grin photo-op and idle chit-chat, Couples spent two full hours entertaining the teen before springing for the gifts on his own dime.

Sort of.


Videos

Photos