Lend­ing m%ney to fel­low play­ers can be awk­ward

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

IDON’T THINK IT’S FAIR TO NAME NAMES, so all I’ll say is, there’s a player, a guy who had a great rookie sea­son in 2016, who might not have ever made it to the PGA Tour if not for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from an­other player. He was on the mini­tours and out of money when a vet­eran gave him 15 grand to keep go­ing. Enough to keep en­ter­ing tour­na­ments and eat some­thing other than fast-food.

▶ Whether it was be­cause the vet­eran be­lieved in his tal­ent, or be­cause they’re from the same home state, who knows? All I know is, the first time they were paired to­gether, play­ing for real money on TV, the hand­ful of us who were aware of the story recog­nised how unique it was.

▶ Most play­ers don’t spread wealth down the sys­tem. Gen­er­ally, the view out here is, ev­ery­one is on his own jour­ney. If you’ve got game, it will work out. And if you do help an­other golfer, you should con­sider it a loan that will never be paid back. Which is hard, be­cause it’s your buddy, and you want to be­lieve him when he says, “Yeah, bro, hit­tin’ it great; just need to see a few more putts drop.” But deep down you can’t. And be­cause you prob­a­bly haven’t set a pay­off date or any real terms, nei­ther one of you has any idea how to be­have, how to ful­fill your obli­ga­tion as lender or debtor. De­spite the friendli­est in­ten­tions, all it takes is one of you feel­ing awk­ward be­fore you end up avoid­ing each other.

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