Tennis Pro Mardy Fish will make his PGA Tour debut at the 3M Open. He is the first player in history to play in both the ATP and the PGA.
The 40-year-old player with six ATP singles and eight doubles titles to his name is set to play in this weeks 3M Open with the help of a sponsor exemption.
Golf has always drawn comparisons to golf for its meritocratic landscape which lets players earn success on a week-to-week basis.
Tiger Woods has event commented on it saying, Its just like tennis. You have to be out there to earn it.
This is not Fishs first foray into golf. He previously won the 2020 American Century Championship but he is fully aware that the PGA Tours is on a whole different level.
Fish follows in the footsteps of fellow high-level sports professionals who have also played other sports. This includes Golden State Warriors’ superstar Stephen Curry who played in the Korn Ferry Tour.
Steph (Curry) and I are real close, and so he was texting me out here, Fish said on Tuesday. He just said, look, do what you do, do you. He’s a really good golfer. We just sort of root for each other in these scenarios as well.
I certainly don’t expect to compete to win the tournament necessarily, but making the cut is something that I’m eyeing big-time. Ive worked really hard during the last couple of months to get myself into this type of golf shape, long irons into par-4s and long holes and stuff like that. I’ve played golf my whole life, ever since I could stand, and so you’re just hitting a little white ball around.
Like how do you enjoy it and not play well, or how do you enjoy it and play great? It’s difficult to kind of compartmentalize like that. I hope I do. I know I do leading up to it, for sure, but once the tournament starts, you’ll kind of jump back into that mode and think that you’re as good as these guys out here, and I’m sure that’s what I’ll do.
Fish played both golf and baseball in his childhood before he shifted his focus to play tennis when he was 14.