AGE 33 BORN Kitwe, Zambia RESIDES Lusaka, Zambia; Fourways, Gauteng CAREER The first Zambian to win on the Sunshine Tour with victory in July at the Vodacom Origins Wild Coast Sun event. Attended the University of New Mexico on a golf scholarship and graduated with an ecownohemreicsshaenfidrsbt utosoinkess manuapggeomlf eant e before turning pro in 2005. Played the Canadian Tour before earning a Web.Com Tour card by reaching the final stage at the 2008 PGA Tour Q School. Finished 41st on the 2015 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit with five top-10s.
ON NOT BEING MISTAKEN FOR TIGER WOODS
Tommy Armour III was a popular figure on the PGA Tour and a fellow alumnus from the University of New Mexico, who I met at an annual event at our college.When I qualified for the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot near NewYork he arranged for me to play a practice round with Tiger Woods. We were due to play early on Monday morning, and when I arrived there were already thousands of fans waiting to see Tiger. But in the wake of his father’s death a month earlier, he didn’t make it in time and I played alone.Throughout my entire round there were audible gasps of ‘That’s not Tiger Woods!’
ON BEING IDENTIFIED AS A FUTURE TALENT BY THE ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT
My father (Peter) was involved with golf administration in Lusaka and was friends with the Zambian Commissioner of Security, who often saw me play at Lusaka Golf Club. He told President Frederick Chiluba about me, and in turn he arranged a trip to America for me to play in a junior tournament in Florida. I won the event’s 16-18-year-old category and was recruited by the University of New Mexico.
ON GETTING THE NICKNAME ‘MAD DOG’
If there was one guy at college who I thought would definitely make it as a pro it would be Jay Reynolds, but he never kicked on after graduating. My teammates had a hard time pronouncing my name so I was called Maddy or Moo-Moo. Jay came up with ‘Mad Dog’ – which was done with total affection.
ON TRAVELLING ON A ZAMBIAN PASSPORT
I’ve had some trying times. First of all, South Africa doesn’t recognise skilled international athletes, so I’ve had a tough time trying to get residency, or even a work permit, here. Currently I have to travel back to Lusaka every three months. I arrived in Los Angeles once with a discrepancy in my visa and was held in a detention area of the airport. Fortunately the immigration officer was a golfer, so he did a search online and saw that I had played in the US Open. I was able to pay a $300 waiver and leave immediately. That detention area is not a place you want to spend a night.
ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING THE ZAMBIAN NO 1
Bobby Locke and Gary Player created a legacy for South African golf that was passed on to Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, and then Trevor Immelman, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen. I have always represented my country with pride and feel like I have a duty to inspire future Zambian golfers. I would love to play in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.