Will golf be but a stepping-stone for the game`s future stars
Released on = April 23, 2007, 1:05 pm
Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = Will the PGA and LPGA Tours be just a stepping-stone for golf\'s future stars? On the pros at WorldGolf.com
Press Release Body = By William K. Wolfrum, Staff Writer, Golf Publisher Syndications
With golf course design and other lucrative opportunities beckoning, Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam are seemingly scaling back their Tour schedules. Are they setting the trend for professional golf\'s future?
Has professional golf evolved to the point where golfers\' ultimate objective is to put themselves in a position where they don\'t have to golf?
The question is raised by observing recent developments at opposite ends of the pro spectrum.
At one end is Luke Swilor, who recently earned his Canadian Tour card. A blogger as well as a budding pro, Swilor gives his readers an inside view of what it\'s like to be a struggling young golfer - and it\'s not easy.
Swilor travels around North America playing US Pro Golf Tour and Canadian Tour events. His life is an endless string of qualifying, grinding and trying to get his game to a level where he can compete week in and week out on the PGA Tour. Reading his blog, you can tell he does it for the love of the game.
At the other end are Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam. They haven\'t just reached the pinnacle of golf, they have leaped over it. In apparent recognition of the achievement they seem less and less inclined to actually golf much anymore.
Tiger is clearly focusing on the events that matter to him personally, playing just 15 PGA Tour tournaments last season but making time for silly-season stuff in the winter and the Tavistock Cup in spring.
Just 30, Woods has long complained about the grueling Tour schedule. Now, with a kid on the way and a multi-multi-million-dollar course-design deal in Dubai in his pocket, he has made no bones about playing only where, when and as often as he feels like it.
At 36, Sorenstam took a little longer to come down with touring ennui, but she seems poised to go the Tiger route.
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April 23, 2007 Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.