Hobbies and Passions of Professional Golfers
WE ALL have hobbies, passions and interests away from our work, and professional golfers are no different. Here we look at how 10 of the top players pass their spare time. You may not be surprised to learn that several of them have used their interests to top up their bank accounts.
Norman is a former world number one who has designed a number of great golf courses. He is also an accomplished diver. But the Great White Shark's real passion away from the golf course is wine and he even owns a wine producer, Greg Norman Estates, which makes some of the finest wines to come out of Australia, as well as California, Argentina and New Zealand. He says that his wines reflect his experiences while travelling around the world and that by drinking them, you will be able to ‘discover your shark side’ - his words, not ours.
The Spaniard supports Real Madrid, one of the most famous football teams on the planet. But he is also the president of Spanish fourth division team CF Borriol and has not only trained with the team, but also featured as a substitute in one of their matches in September 2010. In August 2011, Garcia trained with MLS soccer side New England Revolution. He is clearly a frustrated footballer, as well as being a frustrated golfer from time to time.
What is it with professional golfers and wine? Like Norman, Els also owns a business, Ernie Els Wines, which features, among others, a range called The Big Easy, which retails from £11.20 for a rose to £14.99 for a superior bottle of red. He says that through his travels around the globe Ernie has been exposed to and appreciated some of the world’s greatest wines and in 1999 decided to pursue this passion for fine wine with the creation of his own company. Ernie befittingly chose Stellenbosch, the noble heart of South African wine to base his operation.
The late, great American wore his love of American football on his sleeve - as well as on his back, chest, legs and head. His amazing collection of outfits, always crowned by plus fours, featured the colours of every senior American football team. It meant that sometimes Stewart was a fashion disaster, but he wore it so well.
The six-time major champion was not exactly known for his bonhomie when he was winning all those titles, and had few friends among his fellow players. And Faldo’s favorite way of spending his free time? He went fishing. On his own. No surprise there.
Miguel Angel Jimenez
The Spaniard is a keen skier. Whether he is any good or not is open to debate. Jimenez, who also has a taste for red wine and fine cigars, broke his leg while skiing and had to sit on the sidelines for months while he recovered. Silly boy. He will not be representing Spain anytime soon in the men’s downhill at the Winter Olympics.
The Golden Bear was a formidable American footballer and considered making it his career until his father was told that Jack he was destined to be a great golfer and should be kept as far away from a football field as possible to ensure that he didn’t break any limbs.
The Englishman is a highly skilled artist and has even auctioned several of his works for charity. His paintings are much in demand from fellow players and it is a safe bet that if it continues to go pear-shaped on the golf course, Donald could make a living with a paint brush in his hand.
Like many Germans, Kaymer is a football fan and supports Bayern Munich, his country’s most successful club side. During the 2010 BMW International Open he raised a few eyebrows when he donned a German national team soccer shirt on the final hole. This breach of etiquette was forgiven considering the event was held in Germany and it was during the 2010 World Cup.
Never one to be described as shy and retiring, Poulter is famous for his outrageous sense of fashion. His second love is football and he is a huge fan of Arsenal, the English Premier League team. Poulter once overstepped the mark when he dyed his hair red and white (Arsenal’s colors) and turned up for the final round of a European Tour event wearing an Arsenal shirt (the team were playing the same day). Some are born with style - others have it thrust upon them! He also owns an impressive collection of contemporary and vintage Ferraris.
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