It’s always hard to determine when it’s time to give up playing the game that you’ve loved your whole life. Some people end their careers too early and some decided to hang it up a little too late but one golfer thinks he’s leaving at the right time.
Kyle Thompson has been a golf professional for the better part of the last two decades. He has played on both the PGA TOUR and the Web.com Tour but with extreme variances in success. That inconsistency has led him to retire from golf at the age of 39 in order to pursue some new opportunities to help support his family.
Thompson is one of the most successful golfers in the history of the Web.com Tour but that success never showed on the PGA TOUR. His most recent stint on the top tour saw him miss 20 out of 22 cuts.
He vowed after the Wyndham Championship that he would quit if he did not make the FedExCup Playoffs. And that is exactly what happened.
39 years old and today I’m headed in to my first day of work in a “real job.” 😁
Golf has been a roller coaster of a career and I’m very excited about my life’s next chapter with Arthur J. Gallagher! Great team & company and I’m ready to get after it! https://t.co/QGGDVWUqLi pic.twitter.com/xSSBiO8IqR
— Kyle Thompson (@KyleThompsonPGA) January 2, 2019
“For some reason I haven’t had nearly the monetary success of some other guys,” Thompson explained to the Greenville News during the Wyndham. “If you get one or two good years on the PGA TOUR, it can set you up for years.” Unfortunately, Thompson just never had those one or two good years on the PGA circuit.
Thompson is a man of his word and is now showing off his new “real job” that he will be starting this year. He’ll be moving from the fairways and greens to the insurance industry, beginning his new job at Arthur J. Gallagher in 2019. He certainly seems to be excited about starting a new career at his age but one has to believe that he’s going to miss golf.
This was likely one of the toughest decisions that Thompson has ever had to make in his life but it certainly seems like the right one for him and his family. We wish him the best as he begins this new chapter and maybe one day we’ll see him lace up his golf spikes again.
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