Independent on Sunday travel section
As the US Open tees off this week, DJ Spoony explains why his love of golf has given him a passion for travelling.
I started playing golf in 2001, and though it has only been a few years, the game has enhanced my life in ways I would never have imagined. It’s given me the chance to travel to places I wouldn’t have visited and meet some really inspirational people. I’m generally a sports addict and when I was young I used to watch golf on TV, but it was only when Tiger Woods appeared that I thought, wow, I’ve got to try a bit of this.
I still love watching sports but now I get to see things live. I’m going to the Ryder Cup in Louisville, Kentucky, this year, which I’m really excited about. I’ve travelled a fair bit to see golf in South Africa. They love their golf down there and the country has produced some of the world’s highest-ranking golfers: Ernie Eels, Gary Player, Bobby Locke.