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Friday, August 3, 2018

Tough Times for Smylie Kaufman

Smylie Kaufman, his once-promising career on hold, speaks out about the dark side of social media
Brian Wacker writing for Golf Digest:
“It has been the toughest year, year-and-a-half of my life, golf wise,” said Kaufman, whose exempt status from his lone victory, the 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, was set to run out at the end of this season. “It sucks being really good for so long and feeling like I forgot how to play.”
“Social media doesn’t help,” Kaufman said. “That place sucks. It was so great for me for so long, but it was never anything good the last six months. When I go to Twitter, it’s like reading the newspaper for me. Well, I don’t wanna see Tom or Joe telling me how bad I suck when I read the newspaper.”
Golf is a nearly impossible game. No one stays on top forever. Mr. Kaufman has worked hard to get back into form and appears to have injured himself in the process. Being smashed on social media is obviously no fun and a bit unfair. But, Mr. Kaufman must realize that much of his stardom came from being part of golf's most followed social media meme: The Spring Break Crew.

Sometimes you have to take the rough with the smooth. It sounds like he's doing the right things, staying away from social media, and giving his body time to heal. Here's to hoping Mr. Kaufman makes a great return to professional golf soon.

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