Valentino Dixon had never set foot on a golf course. He could've hardly imagined that golf would eventually lead him to a new lease on life.
For 27 years, Dixon had been serving a prison sentence for a murder he claims he did not commit. In September, Dixon was released from prison following a series of events that began with a sketch depicting one of golf’s most iconic holes, Augusta National Golf Club’s famed par-3 12th hole, which he created for Attica Correctional Facility’s superintendent.
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Golf Channel’s latest Golf Films project, 27 Years: The Exoneration of Valentino Dixon (Tuesday, December 11, at 8/7c), reveals how Dixon’s drawing ultimately led to a re-examination of his case, and follows Dixon as he visits picturesque Pebble Beach, the first golf course he’d ever seen in person.
“I can’t explain it. It’s peaceful. The only time I really had any peace from where I came from was when my dad took me fishing. Drawing golf courses kind of reminded me of that.” – Dixon
Here's an exclusive sneak-peek clip of 27 Years: The Exoneration of Valentino Dixon:
27 Years: The Exoneration of Valentino Dixon, Tuesday, December 11, 8/7c, Golf Channel