Tag Archives: Rookie Diaries

Jan
19
2011

Rookies Keegan Bradley, Jamie Lovemark, Nate Smith play a practice round at Sony Open

Ask any PGA Tour player and 9 of 10 will tell you the PGA Tour can be a very lonely place, especially for rookies trying to adjust to life in the big leagues. Most guys travel with their significant others and families, which makes after-golf socializing rarer than you might think (unless you’re European, of course). But friendships forged on the Nationwide Tour, the minors, have created a strong bond between some players, making the transition easier right out the gate.

Take Jamie Lovemark (22), Keegan Bradley (24), Nate Smith (27) and Chris “Bobby” Baryla (28, who is still considered a rookie because he only made seven starts before taking a major medical exemption), for example. The four rookies, along with Lovemark’s babysitter manager, Ben Walter, rented an unbelievable house on the water in Honolulu for the week of the Sony Open.

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Jan
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Nate Smith: Left? Not again!

Rookie Nate Smith played in his first career PGA Tour event last week at the Sony Open. He fired five-under 65 in the opening round (mind you, he jumped off a cliff with a spear gun, trying to catch a fish just a day earlier). Because of the weather, Thursday’s first round was washed out and the guys played 36 holes on Sunday to finish the event. Nate shot 65-68-69-74 and placed T42. Check out his thoughts on the final day and his first tournament in the big league.

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Jan
15
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Nate Smith reacts to draining a putt at the WNB Golf Classic for his first Nationwide Tour victory last September

One day PGA Tour rookie Nate Smith goes fishing and jumps off cliffs into the Pacific Ocean with a spear in hand. The next, he plays in his career-first round on the PGA Tour and shoots five-under 65 (T2) at Waialae Country Club to kick off the Sony Open. No big deal. Check out Nate’s account of his day.

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