June 19, 2017

How Far Does the Average Pro Golfer Walk Each Year?

If you watched the U.S. Open last week you probably heard broadcasters mention the 9-mile walk players and caddies faced at Erin Hills. That made us wonder: Exactly how far does the average PGA TOUR pro walk in a year? And how does that compare to participants in other sports?

The short answer: a long way. More than any other professional athlete.

The average course length on the PGA TOUR is approximately 7,200 yards. That’s 4.09 miles. And the average PGA TOUR pro plays 78 rounds per year. Combine those two stats and you get 319 miles traveled by the average pro every season.

Of course, this can vary depending on the player. Danny Lee played 120 PGA TOUR rounds in 2015. That averages out to about 491 miles. On the other end of the spectrum, Louis Oosthuizen played just 46 rounds on the PGA TOUR that year — a measly 188 miles.

But 319 miles is what we're going with, though this does not take into account any majors or rounds played on other tours.

So how does that compare to professional athletes in other sports? Good question.

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