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Peter Odemwingie Is Training To Become Professional Golfer After Quitting Football

Jack Kenmare

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Peter Odemwingie Is Training To Become Professional Golfer After Quitting Football

Former West Brom, Cardiff and Stoke City striker Peter Odemwingie wants to be known for his driving on the golf course, rather than his infamous 120-mile transfer deadline day drive.

The 38-year-old is currently undertaking a three-year PGA programme to become a professional golfer.

Odemwingie, who is currently a three handicap, has already passed an official Playing Ability Test, where he had to shoot -15 over 36 holes.

And now the former striker is aiming to 'make it big" within the next year as he attempts to make the successful switch from football to golf.

"I'm ready to make some noise as a player," Odemwingie told Sky Sports.

"I have a plan to go to Q-School on the PGA EuroPro Tour, I think it's achievable. I've improved as a golfer and I think there is a player in me."

Odemwingie is also qualified as a professional PGA coach after training with coach Jak Hamblett at Calderfields Golf and Country Club.

He spoke about how his journey in golf began, and how legendary coach Butch Harmon became a big influence in his new career.

"I was playing for West Brom when it all started" he told ExpressAndStar. "I had played for Lille, in France, and Lokomotiv Moscow and there was never talk of golf in the dressing room.

"Then all of a sudden I saw the boys excited because they were talking about golf.

"On one pre-season we want to America and I saw some of the boys hitting balls. I was wearing slippers but I asked if I could try.

"I thought 'OK' and it grew from there.

"The coach has such an important role to play, with Butch Harmon you can see there is more to coaching then knowing the game. His voice, the way he talks, he guides them as a father figure as well.

"When he talks about Rickie Fowler, he identifies his needs. The way he talks you can see there is more of an effect there, not just as a coach but as a person.

"That is why he has been so successful and I will be looking into his way more."

We wish Peter all the best in his new venture.

Topics: Golf, Football News, Football, Soccer

Jack Kenmare
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