The Wild Thing Jon Daly started the trend, and now Welshman Kyron Sullivan has jumped on the bandwagon.
No, Sullivan hasn’t taken to wearing particularly loud trousers, but he has filmed ‘A Day in the Life of...’ feature for BBC Wales during this week’s SWALEC Wales Challenge.
It is perhaps unlikely to be as eventful or chaotic as Daly’s reality TV show, which is broadcast in the States, not least because the cameras only followed Sullivan around for 24 hours, rather than “24/7”.
But the show, which goes out this Friday evening, is still likely to give a revealing insight into the life of a professional golfer.
Said Sullivan: “They turned up to my house at 9am, I threw my clubs in the car, and off we went. It was something a bit different, but I enjoyed it. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of spin they put on it. I think they maybe wanted to show the contrast between the millionaires who are playing The Ryder Cup, and guys like me who are journeymen pros, for want of a better word. I think they just wanted the flip side of the coin.
“I just tried to be as natural and honest as I possibly could, and hopefully it comes across ok. Sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle out here, but you’ve always got to remember that you’re very lucky to be playing golf for a living, because a lot of people would swap places in a heartbeat. There are ups and downs to every job, but the ups far outweigh the downs, and overall it’s a very enjoyable lifestyle, so hopefully that comes across in the feature.
“I didn’t think twice about saying yes when Ryder Cup Wales first approached me about it, because any publicity’s good publicity. I just hope they make me look good! I have struggled a little bit with my game over the past couple of years, so there was no point pretending I haven’t. I’ve been working as hard as ever on my game, but don’t seem to be getting the results. I’ve actually been playing well lately but just not scoring well, which has been very frustrating. The putts haven’t been dropping, but I’ve just got to keep persevering and hope things turn around.”
Such is Sullivan’s desire to improve and wring every last earning opportunity from a season which has stuttered somewhat, he is considering missing The Ryder Cup to play in the Aphrodite Hills – EuroPro Tour Championship, the final event on the Satellite Tour’s schedule which takes place in south west Cyprus from September 30-October 2.
As much as he would dearly love to be present as his beloved Wales hosts golf’s biggest team event for the very first time, he also has a family to consider. But even if his body will be in Paphos, his mind will be on events at the Celtic Manor Resort.
He said: “It’s not ideal timing to be honest, but with a £20,000 first prize I can’t really afford not to play. It’ll be a real wrench, because it’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch The Ryder Cup in my home country. I’ve played quite a lot of golf with the likes of Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and ‘Fish Cake’ [Ross Fisher], so it would’ve been great to cheer the guys on.
“It’s going to be great for the country, because a lot of people who aren’t usually interested in golf are talking about The Ryder Cup. Some people seem to think I’m playing in it! That was obviously my dream, but it’s perhaps looking a little unlikely now. It’s a shame Rhys looks like missing out as well, but I’m sure there’ll be many other opportunities for him in the future.”