Paige Spiranac: Not just a pretty face

2016 11 Paige Spiranac8 Paige Spiranac isn’t stupid.

She knows that she’s puts a target on her back with every seductive picture she posts online and that she is going against the grain of most people’s old-fashioned expectations of what a golfer should and shouldn’t be.

She knows that and accepts it.
"I actually think I keep it pretty tame"

“I’ve heard a lot of people say that I show a lot of skin or whatever but, for someone my age, I actually think I keep it pretty tame,” she counters. “There are a lot of other people out - fitness models and so on - who post pictures of themselves in their underwear. Nothing wrong with that but it’s just not something I choose to do.”

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That, she says, is to do with her religious upbringing. “There are certain values I live by,” she adds, “but people don’t see that side of things.

“They look at me, they see a golfer and they immediately want to hold me to a higher standard. You know, “It’s a gentleman’s game” and all that. So, seeing me wearing more athletic clothes probably threw a lot of people off at first.
"I guess I had the notoriety without the results"

“When I first turned pro, I think a lot of people thought I was going to be so much better than I was because of my social media profile.

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“They see somebody posting lots of pictures, getting into the public eye, attracting a following and they assume I’m going to be a great player.

“I guess I had the notoriety without the results but golf’s a game where you lose more than you win. It’s a cliché but it’s true. It just doesn’t make it any easier to stand in front of a lot of people and have them watch you fail.”

Of everything she has learned in her first year as a professional, perhaps the most important thing she can take from it is that she is, without question, doing what she wants to do.

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Her resolve may have been tested by envious, sneering and malicious trolls, and her confidence dented by Dubai, but she hasn’t been broken.

“I feel like I now know exactly what I need to do to get better,” she says. “There are going to be a lot more bumps in the road before I get where I want to go but I need to stay strong, keep working hard and not be afraid to make myself uncomfortable.

“If I do that and keep believing in myself, then, hopefully, it’ll all work out.”

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This interview with Paige Spiranac first appeared in Issue 150 of bunkered (September 2016).

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