Peter Odemwingie To Become Professional Golfer

The former West Brom and Stoke City striker is currently doing his PGA training and says he is "ready to make some noise" as a golfer

Peter Odemwingie To Become Professional Golfer
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The former West Brom and Stoke City striker is currently doing his PGA training and says he is "ready to make some noise" as a golfer

Peter Odemwingie To Become Professional Golfer

Former Premier League striker Peter Odemwingie is set to become a professional golfer.

The Nigerian, aged 38, is currently going through his PGA training course and hopes to qualify for the EuroPro Tour via Q-School in the next year.

Odemwingie, a 3 handicapper, passed his playing test, where you must shoot 15-over or better over 36 holes at The Belfry.

The former Nigerian international made it with the final putt, which he compared to scoring a last-minute free kick.

"I made it with the last putt so it's as good as scoring a last-minute free kick taking 3 points home," he told Sky Sports.

"I'm ready to make some noise as a player as well I think.

"So within the next one year I have a plan to do the qualifying school on the EuroPro Tour

"I think it's achievable, I've improved as a golfer as well so I think there is a player in me.

"Last year it was 8 [his handicap], worked on the short game a lot. It became 3."

Whilst it's probably unrealistic that he does begin competing on the EuroPro Tour, the former striker hopes that at "minimum" he is able to help coach players from Nigeria and Russia, where his roots lie.

"Raise a few good golfers, create opportunities for golfers from the countries I came from and one day hopefully they will be saying 'yeah he got me into the game and now I'm a tour player'," he said.

"So that's the minimum I want from the game.

"I'll try as a player but it's more likely looking like from the coaching aspect of it."

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, 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 covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x