Ever wondered what the actual probability is of becoming a professional golfer? The Professional Athlete Index just conducted a study revealing which countries produce the highest percentage of top tier professionals in each sport, as well as the countries where people have the lowest odds of becoming of a top tier athlete.
According to the Professional Athlete Index, only one out 51,346 become a professional golfer in the United States, and the U.S. actually produces the highest percentage of top-tier golfers globally (23.09%). The United Kingdom (10.17%) and Japan (7.23%) were the following two countries that accounted for the second and third highest percentages.
Men in Sweden actually have the best odds of becoming a top-tier golfer (1:8170), just ahead of Iceland (1:8762) and Denmark (1:11725).
The study was essentially conducted by selecting a range of popular team and individual sports which had the highest levels of worldwide participation. For each individual sport, player data was collected from the international association of the sport from the latest completed year of competition.
Next, researchers dug into the data, country by country, using it to calculate the odds of a person from each nation currently becoming a top athlete in each sport. The odds were calculated via the ratio of athletes vs. the total number of males born in each country between 1991 and 2003 against the ratio of non-athletes born in the same period.
You can check out the full results of the study here.
High school sophomore records a historic 57 in conference championship
59s don’t come along too often, only 11 have been recorded in PGA Tour history. 58s are even more rare. 57s are practically unheard, but that’s what Macy Pate, a Reagan High School sophomore, recorded in the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference championships on Tuesday.
Pate’s tournament winning and record breaking performance occurred at Bermuda Run Country Club in North Carolina. Pate came out of the gates firing, with a front nine 27. Knowing she needed to shoot one-under par over her final three holes to record a 59, Pate birdied all three.
Congratulations to @RRHSAthletics Sophomore Macy Pate shooting 57 and breaking the @NCHSAA 18 hole scoring record!@espn @myfox8 @CGAgolf1909 @TYGAgolf @JoeSireraSports @GolfweekRingler @GolfChannel#WeBuildChampions#WeArePfafftown pic.twitter.com/NZx657JkOc
— Reagan Girls Golf (@ReaganGirlsGolf) October 12, 2021
As the number-one ranked girls player in the state, we should say we aren’t entirely surprised, but 57 is in an entirely different stratosphere. Pate’s historic round shattered the NCSHAA scoring record. We have a feeling we will see more of her in the future.
99-year-old golfer hits into group ahead, records a hole-in-one
There’s nothing worse in golf than the group ahead playing at a snail’s pace. With that being said, we do not condone hitting into them as an acceptable solution.
We may be willing to make an exception however for Hugh Brown, a 99-year-old Australian golfer, and instant hero.
On the 145-meter par 3 fifth hole of the blue nine at Indooroopilly Golf Club in Queensland, Australia, with a driver in hand, Brown recorded hole-in-one number two of his golfing career.
The shot was met with yelling from the group ahead, but it was hard to stay mad at Brown for long given that his tee-ball found the bottom of the cup. Check out how it all went down courtesy of 9News Queensland.
— 9News Queensland (@9NewsQueensland) October 11, 2021
Brown’s last hole in one came 38 years ago when he was at the tender age of 61. Just two months away from his 100th birthday, the Aussie legend still plays golf three times a week.
Phil Mickelson’s PGA Championship winning Odyssey putter could be on its way to retail
As far as putters go, Phil Mickelson’s Odyssey Milled Blade “Phil Mickelson” flat-stick may be one of the most admired by amateur golfers on Tour.
Golf fans have long been hoping that the blade would make its way to retail, and it appears they may finally get their wish very soon.
On Tuesday, Odyssey hinted on their Twitter that a small-batch release could be in the pipeline to commemorate Lefty’s history-making 2021 PGA Championship victory.
Phil continued his storybook 2021 with a win on the PGA TOUR Champions yesterday.
— Odyssey Golf (@odysseygolf) October 11, 2021
Phil Mickelson quickly responded to the tease from Odyssey, tweeting “I like the idea”, and golf fans were in complete agreement with the 6-time major champion, who gave their seal of approval to the idea under the post.
GolfWRXers, would you be interested in seeing a Mickelson putter release at retail?
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