It’s not uncommon for PGA Tour players to have a personal website. Hell, most of them have the URL embroidered on their golf bags these days. On these websites, you’ll find the basic stuff; like what’s in the bag, their upcoming schedule and logos of sponsors with a write up of how great the product or service is.
I think everyone would agree having an online presence is pretty important in today’s world. Even PGA Tour pros know the importance, or at least their agent or PR firm knows. On most of these PGA Tour player websites, you’ll see a blog as well. The problem is most of these blogs are lame and are likely not written by the player themselves. I would venture to say most of the blog posts on PGA Tour player websites are the result of some PR hack who writes it to sound like it’s coming from the players mouth. In reality, the player probably didn’t even know he posted something.
But as I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline yesterday, I came upon a Tweet from Peter Malnati in which he shared his personal website and blog, PeterMalnati.Blogspot.com. What caught my attention was the URL. Most players have a dedicated web address without the “.Blogspot.com” on the end. After clicking on the link to check it out, what I found was truly good stuff.
I have to give it to this guy, he has a very good blog and shares some really insightful information with his readers. He has over 800 blog posts since 2009 and posts pretty regularly for a touring golf professional. He talks a lot about his goals and shares pictures of a white board where he writes a lot of his preparation and golf planning. For instance, for 2015-2016, his outcome goals are as follows:
Malnati was born in Indiana and played college golf at University of Missouri. He turned pro in 2009 and has bounced around on mini tours since then, with 2014 being his first season on the PGA Tour season. That year, he made five cuts in 18 tournaments while playing with the big boys but did not earn enough money to retain his PGA Tour card for last season.
On his 2015 goal page, his number one outcome goal was to earn his 2015-2016 PGA Tour card again. He accomplished this thanks to a solid 2015 season on the Web.com Tour where he won the Brasil Champions presented by HSBC and finished 53rd on the Web.com Tour money list.
With the win last week at the rain soaked Sanderson Farms Championship, Malnati can already cross off his number one goal for this season as well and doesn’t have to worry about earning that PGA Tour card for the next two years since he’ll be exempt. He’ll also be punching his ticket to some of the biggest golf tournaments in 2016 and making the FedEx Cup is well within reach if he can play decent for the rest of the year.
I’ll definitely be following Peter Malnati on his golf blog moving forward and I hope he keeps up the posting now that he’s a PGA Tour winner as well. I also like the “Blogspot” free hosted URL and kind of hope he sticks with it. I imagine you’ll be seeing more sponsor logos and corporate stuff now that he’s a winner, but I surely hope the insightful golf blogging doesn’t stop. That’s why I’ll keep visiting!