8 ways professional golfers spent their second week away from golf

March 23, 2020
Pro golfer teeing off

Rory McIlroy is becoming a fitness trainer. Bryson DeChambeau’s Twitch stream has better graphics than some professional sports broadcasts. And now Ian Poulter is a professional esports racer.

Suffice it to say, the golf world is getting weird in March of 2020.

Here’s what you might have missed from this week in the golf-less lives of PGA Tour pros.

1) Rory McIlroy’s workout plan

The world no. 1 sent a heck of a message to the quarantining public Sunday morning, posting his social distancing-conscious power-lifting workout plan on Instagram. As if Rory’s Saturday Peloton class weren’t enough, he threw down the gauntlet with a workout sure to keep anyone in shape, no matter how far you travel from home.

2) Bryson’s bright lights

Bryson DeChambeau is a serious gamer — serious enough to have his own Twitch stream. While Bryson’s been active on Twitch for months, he’s taken his stream to another level in the time off, debuting a new opening graphics package that’d even impress the folks at CBS.

3) Ian Poulter’s new gig

Two weeks after Ian Poulter’s Tour career was put on pause, his racing career is getting revved up. Poulter’s no stranger to team sports, having won five Ryder Cups in his career. He is, however, a stranger to the esports world, in which he’s preparing for his Sunday night debut.

Poulter will participate in an esports race alongside Formula 1 racers and celebrities from around the world. The event is aimed at F1 fans who are missing their sport in the wake of coronavirus-related postponements.

4) Rosey’s spring cleaning

The double-edged sword of being a professional golfer is that in many cases, players have more clubs than they know what to do with. In Justin Rose’s case, the layoff provided the perfect opportunity to get around to organizing all those sticks.

5) Lessons galore

Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald have been carrying the torch for the world of golf instruction, taking advantage of social media to share their tips for everything from cleaning up your short game to tweaking attack angle. But before you think about filming, remember there’s a reason why you don’t normally swing in your backyard.

6) Rahm’s film study

While you’re bingeing Netflix, Jon Rahm is bingeing — yup, you guessed it — more golf. The Spaniard felt so strongly about his discovery of the treasure troves of retro golf footage available for free online he felt compelled to tweet about it.

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7) JT, Brooks and Rickie play southpaw

Incredible. These three tee it up lefty and play better on their first day than half the golfing public. If you’re not feeling good about your game, do yourself a favor and skip over this link. My goodness.

8) Phil’s Twitter addiction rolls on

Alright, for Phil’s standards he really hasn’t been on THAT much. But hey, maybe that’s because he’s been staying safe out on the course.

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