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What did these Tour players do before they hit the Big Time?

What did these Tour players do before they hit the Big Time?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The road to the PGA Tour is littered with hopes and dreams of making it to the “Big Show.”

Every now and then, someone from the rank and file of the 9 to 5 golfers makes it, and the dream for everyone else starts all over again.  

Who would ever have guessed that former 3 times Major Champion Padraig Harrington was formerly an accountant? Or Paul Goydos was a substitute teacher?  Yes, many players on the PGA Tour had regular 9 to 5 jobs while they toiled away at their golf game, hoping for that break to go on to fame and glory!  See this interesting list of players who broke away from various jobs and made it to the big stage.  Thanks to  of Golf Digest for compiling this interesting list.  I found it interesting reading.

With former shoe salesman James Hahn winning at Quail Hollow, we decided to look at other guys who worked regular jobs before finding success on the PGA Tour.

Rich Beem sold cell phones.

 

Bill Lunde worked in real estate.

Yang only picked up golf after getting a job at a driving range at 19. At the time, he was still an aspiring bodybuilder, and he hoped to open his own gym, but while trying to get another job at a construction company, he tore his ACL in his left knee. After doing his mandatory two years of service in the South Korean military, Yang decided to pursue a career in golf. He showed off that bodybuilding strength when he hoisted his golf bag over his head after defeating Tiger Woods head-to-head at the 2009 PGA Championship.
 
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Most golfers aim a the range cart while practicing - Do you?

Most golfers aim a the range cart while practicing – Do you?

Most golfers aim a the range cart while practicing – Do you?

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OK – I don’t know if “most” is accurate, but it’s got to be a close estimate, right?

You get on the range, the ball collector is driving past you, and you can’t help but aim for it. What golfer hasn’t done it? I’ve never been with one that doesn’t at least try to crack a shot at the moving cage.

Here Padraig Harrington takes his skills to the range to see how many times he can hit the ball collector. Watch to see how well he does.

 

Source: European Tour.    http://golf.swingbyswing.com/

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Is it time for an Open Championship at Royal County Down?

Is it time for an Open Championship at Royal County Down?

Is it time for an Open Championship at Royal County Down?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Last week’s Irish Open at Royal County Down highlighted one of my favorite courses of all time.  

Royal County Down ranks as the best golf course outside the USA. Being a true links golf course gives the golfer an honest and true test of their golfing abilities.  You have to have your A-game to play well here.

Top Irish Professionals like Rory McIlroy, Graham Mc Dowell, Padraig Harrington, and Darren Clark, all Major Champions, make a strong case for bringing top-class golf to true links-style courses.  I think it is only a matter of time before such a great course hosts either the Open Championship or at the very least a WGC event.  I, for one, look forward to that day!

Below,  writing for guardian.com, gives us his take on the future of Irish golf on the world stage.

 

Irish Open

Links events like the Irish Open present a huge technical test but the skills they teach are becoming lost to more clean-cut courses. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

Two anomalies have long existed in the upper echelons of golf.

Firstly, of the four “world” golf championships – just under majors in apparent significance – three are held in the United States. It is also curious that links golf, such a fundamental part of the sport.  And a skill surely necessary for any top player to master, is such a rarity.

Both issues seemed pertinent at last week’s Irish Open. The event was kickstarted, rocket-fuelled even, by the involvement of Rory McIlroy. This tournament felt like an Open Championship in so many ways.  It appealed to some of the best players in the world, with 107,000 people taking the time to come and watch at the wonderful venue of Royal County Down. As a television spectacle, despite the horrible weather that has cursed the Irish Open, the backdrop seemed well-nigh impossible to beat.

It wasn’t only golfers who bought into the concept: Van Morrison played in front of just 150 people on behalf of McIlroy’s charity with the telecoms and media tycoon Denis O’Brien, reportedly worth £3.85bn, part of the audience. Major players attracted major players.

Now, terrific Irish Open attendance figures is not novel. The broad support for this event routinely gains envious glances from elsewhere in Europe and the United States. But what do the public receive for that backing? Until McIlroy and Dubai Duty Free stepped forward, this was a tournament minus a sponsor.  With joined-up thinking and a strong PR campaign, the narrative changed entirely.

If golf was properly alive to vibrant, knowledgeable markets, this scenario would strike a chord. Three WGC events, the Cadillac Championship, Cadillac Match Play Championship and Bridgestone Invitational, are held by the PGA Tour. The European Tour co-sanctions the competitions and has staff on site at all three but to all intents and purposes they give the impression of added stops on the PGA Tour. For the US, three majors and three WGC competitions isn’t too bad at all. Or even remotely proportionate.

The final WGC event of the year takes place in China in November, which is fair enough. There is a desire to grow golf there; the tournament itself has moved forward massively from the early days when Tiger Woods alone would have the regognition of  the wider public.

But where does Europe come in?

And, specifically, why couldn’t Ireland be given the respect it deserves.  With large galleries and top-class golf courses by being granted the hosting of such a tournament? Far from an act of benevolence, this would seem basic common sense. Much, it has to be said, like moving the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth from the calendar spot where greens are never even close to good enough.

To read the conclusion of this article, click here.

Source:    http://www.theguardian.com/

Pictures: Charles McQuillan/R&A/R&A via Getty Images   Patrick Drickey

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Where did these Forgotten Players Go – and Why?

Where did these Forgotten Players Go – and Why?

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I’ll often be either reading a magazine, watching TV, or doing some on-line research for my posts, and I’ll see a name and say, “Wow, where did that player go?”

Among them, Woody Austin, Hal Sutton, and Robert Gamez.  Forgotten Players who had a chance to win every time they teed it up.  Well, here are another 5 that fall into that category brought to us by Ben Alberstadt via bleacherreport.com

Where did these Forgotten Players Go - and Why?

Trevor Immelman was once a force to be reckoned with!

It’s more than just the number. Over the past two decades on the PGA Tour, there have been many casualties. And while it’s dumb and insensitive to use the “battlefield strewn with corpses” motif, the fairways of the PGA Tour are figuratively littered with broken dreams and literally no longer walked by some once-promising players.

In some cases, names that were once at the top of leaderboards are now frequently hovering near the bottom. And a few of these golfers are notable for their Ian Baker-Finch-ian face plants, and they fill out our list.

A note: Not including Tiger Woods and John Daly, golfers who have had their own brands of steep decline, as they never really “fell off the map.” Interest in both has remained relatively constant.

With that said, here are the five who made the list.

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via: 5 Once Popular Golfers Who Fell off the Map

Source: Bleacher report   Ben Alberstadt

Pictures: Keith Allison

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Padraig Harrington Does Happy Gilmore - Bubba ain't smiling!

Padraig Harrington Does Happy Gilmore – Bubba ain’t smiling!

Padraig Harrington Does Happy Gilmore – Bubba ain’t smiling!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The recent winner of The Honda Classic in Florida, Padraig Harrington, entertained us differently at a 2014 tournament.

The PGA Championship was held at Valhalla and featured a long-drive contest during a practice round. You may remember that Bubba Watson protested this contest by hitting a quick shot with a 3-iron, which disappointed the crowd and made him look foolish.

Fortunately, Padraig Harrington is a very likable fellow and was happy to delight the Valhalla audience with a memorable shot.

Here is the shot as reported by NESN.com

Take notes, Bubba Watson. This is how you lighten up.

Watson made news Tuesday at Valhalla — site of this weekend’s PGA Championship — when he refused to participate in a long-drive contest during a practice round. Instead of unloading on one drive at the par-5 10th hole, Watson pulled out his 3-iron and hit a quick tee shot in apparent protest.

Luckily for golf fans, Padraig Harrington didn’t take himself too seriously. The 2008 PGA Championship winner embraced the contest, as he channeled his inner-Happy Gilmore.

 

Source: NESN.com

Pictures: Gary Hisanaga

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