The Ecstasy and Agony of the Mini Tour
The PGA Tour represents the elite of the sport of golf. Almost every shot of every tournament is broadcasted and daily updates are provided from both internal and external media outlets. Away from the big-leagues, however, are the mini-tours.
Whilst a similar format is employed – certain amount of rounds with cuts – the staggering difference is the prize kitty. Simply put, away from the European Tour and the PGA Tour, carving a career as a professional golfer is not as glamorous as one might think.
Budget hotels, eating food from containers and not knowing where the next pay-packet comes from is a common worry amongst mini-tour players. Mizuno have teamed up with Mizuno contributor and professional golfer Fredrik Lindblom, where he has agreed to film a series highlighting the successes and the disappointments in his quest for a PGA Tour card.
Accompanying him is fellow professional and girlfriend, Hannah Gregg. The duo have filmed three episodes for Mizuno and you can watch Lindblom’s journey as he battles poor rounds, tight living spaces and the general life of a mini-tour player. The first episode is an introduction into the series and an event on the Golden State Tour.
Through their eyes, you’ll get to see the daily routine of a professional golfer, how he prepares for his tournaments and how important both hydration and breaking up muscles are after the day’s play. One particular nerve-wracking moment is when Lindblom has to wait several hours, cramped in a small hotel room, waiting to see if he had made the cut and if he would earn any money that week.
Lindblom commented: “It’s a risk filming the process – if we miss out on a Tour card, we’ll wonder if it was the distraction. But we thought it would be interesting for people to see another side to the professional game”.
The side that the 30-year-old is talking about doesn’t quite match the vision of professional golfers living in their multi-dollar houses or eating at the most exclusive restaurants – it demonstrates how competitive gaining a Tour card can be.
All three episodes are available to watch on YouTube, where you can see if Lindblom had achieved his goal and if he will be featuring in next season’s PGA Mackenzie Tour.
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