Maverick McNealy is one of the most anticipated names to hit the professional ranks this upcoming PGA Tour season, and he will be doing it in style.
McNealy was the No.1 ranked amateur in the world while playing at Stanford. Although many thought he was destined to play at the professional level, McNealy decided to weigh his options.
— Maverick McNealy (@MavMcNealy_KPMG) October 3, 2017
The suspense ended in August when he made it official that he would make is debut in the PGA Tour’s season-opener in October, the Safeway Open. McNealy wrote extensively about his decision to turn pro on Stanford’s website. And one thing you can take away from this kid is that he’s not only smart but wise beyond his years.
“I am going from being a top amateur to the 1,794th ranked player in the world,” McNealy wrote in August. “I would love to leverage my golfing ability to make the game and world better. But I have to succeed on the course first to make that happen.”
He will flourish in the world’s most challenging sport. There is little doubt about that.
And when he does flourish, he’ll do it with some fresh clothes and gear from his three new sponsors. McNealy will join the likes of Jordan Spieth and Tom Brady when he joins the Under Armour family. He will swing Callaway clubs which will rest in a brand-spankin’ new Callaway bag. And like Phil Mickelson, he’ll sport a KPMG hat.
— Maverick McNealy (@MavMcNealy) October 3, 2017
Could you imagine being smart enough and talented enough that there is a choice to become a professional golfer or take a high-paid position in the ‘real world’? Yeah, must be nice.
He tied Tiger Woods’ 11 career wins – a school record – while at Standford and has competed with the world’s most elite golfers at the U.S. Open (2014 & 2017) and the Open Championship (2017). McNealy is more than ready for this leap.