“If you can’t talk Amer­i­can foot­ball, you won’t make many friends on the PGA Tour.”

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was al­ways set on mov­ing to Amer­ica. Be­fore I de­cided that I wanted to play golf for a liv­ing, I grew up lis­ten­ing to my par­ents, teach­ers and other pro­fes­sional peo­ple talk about the big­ger op­por­tu­ni­ties here. No dis­re­spect to the Euro­pean Tour – I think the new CEO, Keith Pel­ley, is a smart guy who’s al­ready ini­ti­ated a lot of mea­sures that have made it bet­ter – but the PGATour is al­ways go­ing to have the richer purses.There’s just more cor­po­rate money splash­ing around. I don’t see that chang­ing in my life­time.

Or­lando was the first place I paid rent. was sim­ply get­ting into con­ver­sa­tions. It seemed like on ev­ery corner there was I’m a na­tive English speaker, so lan­guage a Burger King, a Denny’s and a re­ally solid wasn’t the prob­lem. But if you can’t talk golf course I’d never heard of.With all the foot­ball, you won’t make many friends on amuse­ment parks, I was fa­mil­iar with the the PGA Tour. The same goes for bas­ket­ball, city’s rep­u­ta­tion as a pop­u­lar spot for fam­i­lies the col­lege level more than pro. Base­ball, to go on hol­i­day. But it took a bit of not as much, which sur­prised me, as I’d trav­el­ling be­fore I re­alised just how un­like grown up think­ing it was the na­tional pas­time the rest of the coun­try Or­lando re­ally is. in the US. The North­east is so beau­ti­ful in sum­mer­time. “Sport­sCen­ter” is play­ing in our locker Cal­i­for­nia is amaz­ing. The win­ters room at ev­ery tour­na­ment, and a lot of guys stink for golf, but some of the states with turn it on when they’re killing time in the the Rocky Moun­tains are my favourite.We ho­tel room, too. I’ve given up try­ing to get live in Ari­zona now. My job re­quires good Amer­i­cans in­ter­ested in, let alone to un­der­stand, weather and re­li­able air­ports, and I like that rugby and cricket. I love it when I get we can see the moun­tains from our ter­race. paired with an in­ter­na­tional player who can

Be­sides driv­ing on the right-hand side of chat about this stuff, but to stay sane I’ve the road, the most dif­fi­cult cul­tural ad­just­ment had to learn the Amer­i­can sports. I’ve even

Iadopted favourite teams, mostly for ran­dom rea­sons. My favourite foot­ball team is from the city where I won a big event. I sup­pose I should root for the Ari­zona Car­di­nals, but this al­le­giance was es­tab­lished be­fore we bought in Ari­zona. A lot of the pros from the South­ern states tell hunt­ing and fish­ing sto­ries to each other. Some­times those will last four or five holes. I didn’t grow up with guns, so it’s pretty hard for me to con­nect with that crew. And those guys aren’t ex­actly go­ing to make much of an ef­fort to in­clude you.

I’m not try­ing to make it sound like we’re all shal­low peo­ple, but in over a dozen years I’ve never talked to an­other pro about a book he’s read. Not once.With the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign this past year you heard some po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sions, but more in the man­ner of it be­ing a sport, as that seems to be the way Amer­i­can news out­lets cover elec­tions. It’s all about the matchup.

When I first moved to Amer­ica, I had it in the back of my mind I’d even­tu­ally move back to near where I grew up. I never imag­ined hav­ing much de­sire to stick around and play PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons events, which hasn’t changed. But the thing is, my kids are Amer­i­can.We’re rooted here. I can’t talk to them about cricket, ei­ther. – with max adler

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