Golf: The Sport With The Longest Shelf-Life

One of the most endearing parts of golf as a sport is that it can be played at almost any age. Because of this many people often think of golf as a sport for old men and retired couples. While it is true that golf can be played comfortably well into the golden years of life, it is also true that a love of golf can begin at a very young age. The early experiences of the world’s best golfers serve as evidence to this fact.

1. Rory McIlroy – McIlroy was born in 1989 and so he is still very young and consequently does not have as many years of golf experience as more seasoned veterans on the tour. Before becoming professional golfer McIlroy saw a lot of success as an amateur, topping the amateur world rankings by the tender age of 17.

2. Luke Donald – Donald grew up in a golf family and so has been playing it since he was very young. His father is an avid golfer and his brother, Christian, also played junior golf. He frequently acts as Donald’s caddy. At the age of 15 Donald became the club champion of the famous Beaconsfield golf club. He has played golf professionally for 13 years, joining the PGA tour in 2001.

3. Tiger Woods – The career of Tiger Woods is well-known to even the casual golf enthusiast. In 1996 Woods turned professional and then won his 1st major tournament the next year. He has been playing golf for much longer than that however. At the age of 3 Woods recorded a score of 48 over 9 holes and at the age of 5 he appeared in Golf Digest.

4. Justin Rose – Although Rose was born in South Africa his family soon moved to England where, at the age of 5, he picked up the game of golf. By the age of 11 he had broken 70 on 18 holes and by 14 he had a plus 1 handicap.

5. Adam Scott – At the age of 20 Scott joined the PGA tour. After 12 years on the tour he now has recorded 19 professional wins and does not seem to be slowing down at all. As a boy Scott, who grew up in Australia, played golf for an Anglican boys school and then went on to take extra golf lessons as part of his studies at the the Kooralbyn International School.

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6. Louis Oosthuizen – Although Oosthuizen is only 30 he has been golfing for over 2 decades. From the age of 16 until the age of 19 his golf career was supported financially by fellow South African Ernie Els. At 19 Oosthuizen turned pro and has not looked back.

7. Lee Westwood – Westwood is the oldest player on this list at the age of 39. He is also one of the latest to start golf, when at the age of 13 he found a set of his grandparents clubs.

8. Brandt Snedeker – Snedeker, like Westwood, was introduced to golf by his grandparents. His grandmother managed a golf course and so he had plenty of golfing experience before he went to play at Vanderbilt University.

9. Bubba Watson – In 2000 Watson was playing golf for the University of Georgia. Three years later he joined the PGA tour.

10. Jason Dufner – Dufner is the only one that got a later start than Westwood when at the age of 14 he moved to Florida and there picked up golfing. He then played golf in high school before being offered a scholarship to play golf at the University of Auburn.

About the Author: Phil Oscarson is an avid golfer, and golf analyst. If you’re looking for a great place to golf, deals on golf
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