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