But as a professional athlete, the decision to go away for a while and start a family is a complicated one. You don't just drop your sport and come back a year later the same as when you left it.
It doesn't quite work that way.
But I did reach a point after the 2017 British Open when I was ready to stop putting my career first. I was at peace with starting a family and accepting the things that would come from that decision, whether it was me being physically incapable of performing at the highest level or possibly starting to lose the desire to compete anymore.
My mantra in life has always been "better tomorrow than you are today."
Well, that was obviously put to the test the very moment my son was born.
My drive to be better — to improve each and every day — changed when I held him in my arms for the very first time. The motivation I sought was no longer in my career and accomplishments.