"Golf is the great equalizer. You can be the most athletic player on the soccer field; guys that get their head above the crossbar or drill a shot from 30 yards out but they can't hit a golf ball for their life and get completely frustrated."
Every professional soccer player wants to golf.The first time I really played golf, I was five years old at golf camp. We were playing best ball against another team and my team used my drive. My very first shot ever off a tee using my new three wood. Someone hit a good chip shot and then I made my putt for par to win the hole. That moment has stuck with me. I remember thinking after soccer practice I just wanted to go back to golf camp. Eventually soccer took over my life and there was simply no time for golf, I was playing year round and training daily so I stopped for a few years.
In highschool I got a new set of clubs for Christmas in and I took those with me to college. Played a little through college and then I went into professional soccer, and I had more time to play again. It was always a good way to escape the pressure and intensity of playing soccer.
In college my mom got remarried and my stepdad and I bonded over golf. Every time I went home in the off season, it was me and my best friend versus my stepdad and my uncle. It was super fun, still competitive, and helped us connect.
Soccer players are very competitive. But there are 11 players on the field, so we can lean on each other. In golf you take your own skills and put them up against your friends, your teammates and now it’s 1 on 1. My teammates and I still take our competitiveness to the golf course. We started out not playing for score; it was about beating your friends. Then you evolve, you get this itch and then you all want to play more often. You train in the morning, then go to the gym and then straight to the golf course. Almost every single team that I played on was the same. It was this competition for who's going to be the best golfer at the end of the year.