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    Let's face it: Nearly every professional sport is more physically demanding than golf.
    Yep.  Even the best football players are done at some point in their 30s, and baseball and basketball players rarely play past 40.  On the other hand, pro golfers can continue playing well past that -- even past the age of 50, pro golfers can play on the Champions Tour (formerly known as the Senior PGA), where the winnings aren't as good as the PGA Tour, but the best golfers can still earn in the seven figures, and even relatively average tour members are well into the six figures.  It simply isn't the same as in physically demanding sports like football, where there's a lot of pressure to maximize earnings during the relatively short window in which they can physically play.

    Plus -- and this is an important point as well -- pro golfers are far more likely than athletes in other sports to have a college degree, and many of them are from middle-class backgrounds.  Most of them could be making a good living doing something besides playing golf -- which, to be blunt, isn't true for a lot of athletes in other pro sports.

    28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 04:17:46 PM PST

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