My regular Thursday Post column is now online. You can find it here.
Here is a taste:
Look in a dictionary to find the term “journeyman professional golfer” and you’ll find Alan McLean, a South African-turned-Canadian golfer who has played on all of golf’s major tours.
McLean’s talent is immense. He hits the ball longer than almost anyone on the PGA Tour, has a creative short game and makes a boatload of birdies when his putter is sharp.
Despite all of these abilities, he has bounced around golf’s fringes, places like the Sunshine Tour in South Africa and the Canadian Tour, playing a handful of PGA events without making a breakthrough. It is hard to make a living and raise a family playing in events in Edmonton and Winnipeg, regardless of how low one shoots.
Golf, though, is a funny game. You can bounce around the game’s minor leagues for years and still become a force as you approach 40. And that is what might be happening with McLean.