For the second-highest ranked amateur in the world, the money and fame that comes with a pro golf career may not be enough to convince him to turn pro.
In a story from the Wall Street Journal, top golf prospect and 2015 Haskins Award winner Maverick McNealy says he’s still unsure about what he wants to do for a career. Past Haskins Award winners include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ben Crenshaw, and yet McNealy, who just finished his third year at Stanford, hasn’t decided if he wants to follow their example and dedicate his life to golf on the pro circuit.
Maverick’s father, Scott McNealy, who co-founded Sun Microsystems, a Silicon Valley company that sold for $7.4 billion six years ago, expressed skepticism about the usefulness of a pro golf career in the WSJ article: “The guy serving you food at a golf tournament is in so many ways doing more good and moving the capitalist ball forward than Tiger Woods,” he said. His son, Scott says, could get “intellectually bored after three years” of pro golf.
McNealy, who failed to sectional qualify for the U.S. Open, is only 20 years old. He has time to make up his mind about golf and his future. Still, there are plenty of people who don’t understand why he’s hesitating at all. “Most people look at me like I’m crazy,” he said.