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Why is golf attractive to football players?

In the 50s and 60s of the last century, the football world saw great golfers such as English players like Bob Paisley, Alf Ramsey, then the legend of “Flying Holland”, Johan Cruff and many famous European player at the time.

However, in 1966, the new golf sport really brought a turning point in football circles. Two days before the World Cup semi-final between England and Portugal, instead of banning camps to focus on training, then England coach Alf Ramsey decided to take his students to Finchley Golf Club. in north London playing golf to relax.

Immediately, the media of the Mist made waves, a series of offensive articles aimed at Alf Ramsey to attack this unique way of holding troops.

But after that, the “Three Lions” won against the Portuguese with a score of 2-1 and subdued Germany in the final to first bring England to the top of the world. As a result, the attitude of the media and the ball managers has changed dramatically, at which time the football management saw the golf sport with a more respectful eye.

Golf started to boom and became the leading popular sport among football players as well as football managers. Golf culture has been formed in the soccer sphere village since then.

Today, the English Premier League is a tournament that gathers more golf players and enthusiasts than any tournament. Golf courses in the UK are filled with golfers of the nationalist shorts of many nationalities playing in the Premier League.

Although there are many players in other European countries’ championships such as France, Italy and the Netherlands who play golf regularly, when they come to England to play football, they are quickly attracted more strongly by the golf culture of the Mist Country.

Player Andriy Shevchenko, after moving to Chelsea from AC Milan, soon found a new joy with golf after hours of practice and competition. The Ukrainian striker also bought houses and membership cards at the Wentworth Golf Club. At the same time, this striker also owns a membership card of Wisley Golf Club, the most famous golf club in London.

After retiring from football in 2012, Andriy Shevchenko immediately focused on golf. In 2013, he announced that he would switch to professional competitions, competing at the Challenge Tour system (second place of European Tour). Shevchenko’s handicap is +2, the best among foreign players who have played in England.

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Meanwhile, Fabio Capello’s office during the “Three Lions” coach also had a putting green (putting green) system to satisfy golf addiction. Therefore, at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, only England was coached to discharge camp to play golf.

And the new Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho, although not playing golf but during his time working in England, he also gave golf a special affection. But he agreed immediately when he was invited to be the Ambassador of the Ryder Cup 2018, the world’s most prestigious team cup tournament, held for the first time in his native Portugal.

The British press also revealed interesting information, while leading Chelsea, in late 2015, Mourinho is said to have met the world’s No. 1 golfer at the time, Jordan Spieth, offering a £ 50 million contract. in order to persuade the American golfer to quit golf to switch to playing at Stamford Bridge. Of course, everyone knows, Mourinho is the only person who communicates the request of the Russian boss, Chelsea club president, Roman Abramovich.

THE BEAR TRAP – HONDA CLASSIC GOLFERS’ FEAR

PGA Tour 2019 – 2020 has come back, started off by Honda Classic 2020 Tournament. At this tournament, spectators have the chance to witness satisfying and tense golf plays being held in the Champion course of PGA National, especially the most well-known three-hole stretches. 

This is what the trio of a water-laden 179-yard par 3, followed by a water-laden 434-yard par 4, followed by a (wait for it) water-laden 190-yard par 3 called. These three-hole stretches are also known as ”the bear trap”, which is treacherous to every golfer involving in. Jack Nicklaus – the one and only hold Honda Classic title, has laid a claim that: “ The Bear Trap decides whether golfers win or lose”. 

To clear Nicklaus’s claim, let the championship of Adam Scott in 2016 be an illustration. In 2016, this British golfer won the title even though he failed regrettably quadruple bogey in hole 15 of round 3, as other opponents all got into trouble of The Bear Trap.

So, how difficult are these three-hole stretches? Let find out through some fascinating facts about The Bear Trap (since 2017 when the tournaments belonged to PGA National):

  • Among all courses which do not hold major tournaments, The Bear Trap is the third-toughest three-hole stretches of PGA Tour, which average score over par is 0.644. It is just only easier than Quail Hollow’s 16-17-18 and Pebble Beach’s 8-9-10.
  • There are 543 different golfers who have played in at least one round of Honda Classic since 2007, 76% of them (415 golfers) at least once failed to The Bear Trap.
  • Michael Thompson, Honda Classic 2013 champion, is the one who set the record of not hitting the ball into water in The Bear Trap during most rounds (28 rounds), secondly Jim Furyk (14 rounds) and Bud Cauley (13 rounds).