POTOMAC, Md. -- Bryan Greene had not seen his family in four years. The Sergeant First Class was stationed overseas serving the U.S. Army, leaving behind his wife, 15-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son.
But on Wednesday at the Quicken Loans National Pro-Am at TPC Potomac, the family was reunited.
Greene, unbeknownst to his family, spent the day as the caddie for PGA star Rickie Fowler, who was competing in the Pro-Am along side Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter and Quicken Loans CEO Bill Emerson.
When the foursome finished up their round on No. 18, SFC Greene revealed himself to his now eight-year-old son and now 19-year-old daughter.
Smith, a 3-point marksmen and avid golfer, stood by and watched the surprise reunion. "It really puts it all in perspective," he told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "To see the joy and emotion on his kids face, it's beautiful. They haven't seen their dad in over three years. I can't imagine what that's like. It's a really special moment."
After the embrace between mother, daughter, son and father ended, Smith walked over to show is respect to SFC Greene and introduce himself to his family. Greene's son, also named Bryan, craned his neck to make eye contact with the 6-6 guard.
"You like basketball?" Smith said.
"Yes," Greene replied. "Who is your favorite team?" Smith said.
"The Golden State Warriors," the youngest Greene, who lives in southern California replied.
The gallery burst into laughter. Smith comincally threw his hands up in the air and strode away, only to turn back around and continue the conversation. Greene's favorite team had defeated Smith's Cavaliers less than three weeks ago to win the 2017 NBA Finals. But even Smith, a professional competitor, knows that there is more to life than just a game.
"It's all about getting better. Improving every day, both in sports and in life," he told the starstruck youngster.
The Quicken Loans National is a golf tournament, but it's also a platform for showing respect and support for the brave men and women who serve the Untied States. And on Wednesday, the lives of a family from across the country got a lot better.