17% Use Golf To Hide Infidelity

Findings suggest that 17% of golfers are guilty of hiding their infidelity by saying they are out on the course

17% Use Golf To Hide Infidelity

Findings suggest that 17% of golfers are guilty of affairs by saying they are out on the course

17% Use Golf To Hide Infidelity

Now these are some worrying statistics, partners of golfers - look away now!

It has emerged that almost one in five golfers hide their infidelity by saying they are off to play a round.

In a survey of 1,750 men, Golfsupport.com found that golfers are the third-guiltiest sportsmen when it comes to using the excuse of playing whilst they are having an affair.

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It's not all bad for golfers though, as rugby players (21%) and footballers (19%) are even worse.

Overall results discovered team peer pressure and increased testosterone levels heighten the likelihood of having an affair.

The survey focused on a sample of men who take part in sport for six hours or more a week.

Golfsupport.com shows who is most at risk of having an affair and what sport is commonly used as an excuse for infidelity.

They further analysed reasons as to why certain sportsmen come top of the cheating scale, compared to those at the bottom.

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Kelly Cambell PHD, claims high levels of testosterone lead men to think they need to have more sex than women do.

Furthermore, Dr Ortiz, assistant professor of sociology at Oregon State University, claims there is a “culture of adultery” among sportsmen, spurred on by fellow players.

With so much time spent away from home, they develop close ties with their team mates, replacing bonds with their families.

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Ortiz highlights how it brings a sense of peer pressure from them; co-existing inside team loyalty, with a heightened sense of self-importance from women who seem “irresistibly attracted to athletes”.

Findings suggest those who are regularly involved in a sport have an easier accessibility to commit an adulterous act.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x