By Ryan Herrington
It doesn't come as any surprise to hear people aren't always fond of their jobs. (No, not me boss. I'm talking in the abstract here.)
But when the job is playing professional golf on the PGA Tour -- where any given week you have a chance to make more money than many people will earn in their lifetimes -- well lets just say we all know plenty of folks who would agree to various nefarious acts to call that their occupation.
It's why a comment Matt Kuchar made in the April issue of Golf Digest might give us all pause.
"I won't name names," the six-time tour winner said in a "My Shot" column with Guy Yocom, "but there are players on tour who I don't think love golf all that much. They're good at it, but they don't love it. Maybe the game has beaten them up. It's definitely harder than it looks physically and mentally."
"It makes me grateful to have the enthusiasm and makes me even more determined to maintain it," he continued. "At 35, I can see myself playing the Champions Tour 15 years from now. That kind of desire isn't rare, but I might be in the minority."
Interestingly, Kuchar reveals there have been times he wasn't 100 percent sure he loved the game. In the interview, he talks about aspiring to be a tennis player growing up and discusses his initial decision to turn away from pro golf, working instead as an investment banker for nine months after graduating from Georgia Tech.
"But a funny thing happened," Kuchar noted. "I played one tour event in 2000, the Texas Open. I got in on a sponsor's exemption and missed the cut. When I came off the green, all I could think of was, I wish I were playing next week. I KNOW I can do this. I loved investment banking, but it didn't consume my thoughts the way golf did after missing the cut."
Thompson, Diaz, Adler and Carney collected first in the Special Projects division for their series "How Latinos Impact American Golf." The project's central article -- Thompson's "The Caretakers" -- also collected the Sidney Award in January.
Golf Digest and Golf World senior writer Tim Rosaforte was named winner of the 2014 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism on Saturday, marking the fourth time in five years a Golf Digest/Golf World staffer garnered the honor given by the PGA of America. Golf Digest Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde received the award in 2011 followed by Golf World's Editor-in-Chief, Jaime Diaz, in 2012. Golf Digest contributing editor Dave Kindred won the award in 2010.
Golf Digest/Golf World & Golf Channel/NBC Reporter Tim Rosaforte Named Recipient of 2014 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in JournalismPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Tim Rosaforte of Jupiter, Fla., who successfully transferred his unique insider coverage of professional golf from print to television, has been named the recipient of the 2014 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism.Rosaforte, 58, a senior writer for Golf World/Golf Digest and insider/analyst for Golf Channel/NBC, will be honored April 9, at the 42nd Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) Annual Spring Dinner and Awards ceremony in Augusta, Ga."Tim Rosaforte is one of the most knowledgeable and trusted sources in all of golf. It is no mistake that he always seems to have the story first," said PGA of America president Ted Bishop. "His attention to detail when reporting makes him one of the most credible people in sports. No one delivers the close-up insight on the various personalities in golf like Tim, and it is with great pleasure that we recognize him with the 2014 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism."Rosaforte is the 25th recipient of the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism, which honors members of the media for their steadfast promotion of golf, both locally and nationally."I'd like to think I haven't peaked yet and thanks to Golf Digest and Golf Channel, I have platforms to continue writing and reporting on television at the two most respected voices in golf media," said Rosaforte, a native of Brewster, N.Y. "It's all about telling a story, whether it's 15 seconds on TV or in 2,000 printed words. I've found the two careers complement each other."The son of a mechanic for the highway department in Bedford, N.Y., Rosaforte received discarded wooden clubs from his father and later took lessons at age 6 from a caddie with an inspirational name, Billy Graham. Rosaforte excelled in football and baseball in high school and attended the University of Bridgeport (Conn.) before transferring his junior year to the University of Rhode Island, where he started his senior season as an outside linebacker and on special teams. He was a two-time member of the dean's list and graduated with a degree in journalism in 1977.Rosaforte credited Wilbur Doctor, a former Providence (R.I.) Journal editor turned University of Rhode Island professor, who was "as blunt as any position coach in football," for "turning me around in my attempt to build a writing career."Rosaforte's journalism career began with the former Tampa Times in 1977, where he was mentored by Tampa Tribune Sports Editor Tom McEwen. "Tom recommended that I start playing golf to help my work because, he said, 'You can learn far more about someone in a span of five hours on a course,' " Rosaforte said. "That was an epiphany for me."Rosaforte began to find his stride as a reporter, working from 1981-87 at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Fla., from 1987-93; and on to Sports Illustrated from 1994-96. While at Sports Illustrated, Rosaforte served as president of the GWAA. Rosaforte joined Golf Digest in 1996, and has since blended his work between the parent magazine and as a senior writer for Golf World.In 2003, Rosaforte was named co-host of the USA Network's "PGA Tour Sunday," providing early-round coverage of Tour events, the Masters and the Ryder Cup. In 2007, Rosaforte joined Golf Channel, and is a contributor to NBC's PGA Tour coverage.Rosaforte has won more than 40 writing awards, including a GWAA "Grand Slam" for first-place magazine coverage in features, columns, event coverage and special projects.By his count, Rosaforte has covered 124 major championships, and missed only one Ryder Cup since 1983. Rosaforte has written five books: "The PGA Tour" (1990); "Heartbreak Hill: Anatomy of a Ryder Cup" (1996); "Tiger Woods: The Makings of a Champion" (1997); "World Golf Hall of Fame Yearbook" (with Jaime Diaz, 1998); and "Raising the Bar: The Championship Years of Tiger Woods" (2000).Rosaforte and his wife, Genevieve, live in Jupiter, Fla., and are parents of daughters, Genna and Molly.PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism Recipients1991 Dick Taylor1992 Herbert Warren Wind1993 Jim Murray1994 Frank Chirkinian/Bob Green1995 Dan Jenkins1996 Furman Bisher1997 Jack Whitaker1998 Dave Anderson1999 Ken Venturi2000 Jim McKay2001 Kaye Kessler2002 Nick Seitz2003 Renton Laidlaw2004 Bob Verdi2005 Al Barkow2006 Ron Green Sr.2007 Jack Berry2008 Marino Parascenzo2009 Art Spander2010 Dave Kindred2011 Jerry Tarde2012 Jaime Diaz2013 John Hopkins2014 Tim Rosaforte
By John Strege
Conventional wisdom finds that success is achieved by digging it out of the dirt, though apparently now it depends on what it is that is dug from the dirt. Carrots, for instance.
"Eating double portions of carrots in June," Henrik Stenson said, explaining his remarkable resurgence that includes another victory and pot of gold. Stenson won the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday and the European Tour's Race to Dubai, a payday of $2.33 million. Two months ago, he won the PGA Tour's Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, an $11.44 million payday.
"Massive congrats to @henrikstenson best player on the planet. I tried but the man is playing some serious golf right now," Ian Poulter wrote on Twitter. Poulter, who finished second to Stenson, has played his own serious golf, to no avail beyond his bottom line. As his caddie Terry Mundy noted on Twitter, "62 under par for four weeks and not a trophy in sight!"
Poulter lost ground on Sunday, even with a closing round of 66. Stenson posted his second 64 of the tournament and third in two weeks to win by six.
Golf Digest colleague Stina Sternberg, via Twitter, best defined the magnitude of Stenson's turnabout: "Reminder of what makes Stenson's feat so amazing: 2 yrs ago couldn't win his club championship."
Indeed, Stenson had not qualified to play in the PGA Championship in 2011, so he opted for his club championship at Sweden's Barseback Golf Club instead. And lost. He finished second to Henrik Hilford Brander.
Today, he is third in the World Ranking, behind only Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, the latter stubbornly clinging to that spot by winning the Australian PGA and Australian Masters back to back.
If not carrots, what then has fueled Stenson's resurgence? He cites his work with sports psychologist Torsten Hanson. "When you're a bit out, it's so easy chasing your own tail," Stenson said. "You want something to work for this week. But if we need to work on the swing, for instance, let's give it two, three months work on it, and sooner or later, you get the rewards. That was a big, big part of things, to give myself more time, patience to work on things. Eventually it gets together.
"This started long, long before this summer. Even if I didn't play good for like two seasons or even more, you don't forget how to play good golf. It's more about putting things together and then all of a sudden you have more experience than you had before. You learn a lot, even when you're not playing good and you can benefit from that at a later stage."
It was for Stenson, then, as the sage of the Bronx, Yogi Berra, once said of his own sport, 90 percent mental and the other half physical. He has been operating at 140 percent, which translates to, well, mycket bra spelat, as Thomas Levet, a Frenchman turning to Swedish in homage to Stenson, wrote on Twitter.
Very well played.
Earlier this year, Tiger Woods reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. Now he's back on top as the sports world's highest earner as well.
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Forbes magazine has released its annual list of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes and Woods is first. The publication reports the 14-time major champ made $78.1 million in the past year (From June 1, 2012 to June 1, 2013) from prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and golf course design fees.
Woods was a mainstay in this position from 2001-2012 until the fallout from his November 2009 scandal finally caught up with him in terms of lost sponsorships from the likes of Gatorade, Buick and Gillette. Boxer Floyd Mayweather knocked him from the top spot last year, but only checks in at No. 14 this year.
Woods has ranked No. 1 in Golf Digest's list of the top 50 earners in golf every year since its inception in 2004. In March, Golf Digest reported Woods earned $86.1 million in 2012. Figures for the list were compiled through interviews with agents, players, executives of companies involved with endorsements, industry analysts and through the official money lists of the professional tours. Golf Digest reported Woods earned nearly $122 million in 2009.
Forbes' list only included active athletes. If it didn't, basketball legend/golf nut Michael Jordan would be No. 1 with his $80 million in income.
Other golfers in the top 100 are Phil Mickelson (No. 7 at $48.7 million), Rory McIlroy (No. 21 at $29.6 million), Ernie Els (No. 78 at $19.5 million), Brandt Snedeker (No. 81 at $19 million), who cracked the list for the first time on the strength of a $10-million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.