Last month, Ashleigh Barty made headlines again for a remarkable sporting achievement: she won again on grass, this time on a golf course, at her national tournament in Brookwater, Queensland, and won a big check. A few days ago it became known that she will participate in a team tournament that will be played in the United States this summer, along with other sports stars such as the captain of the English team Harry Kane, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, boxer Canelo Álvarez .
After announcing a series of children’s books, Barty is busier than ever.
Tiger Woods and Ashleigh Barty
A few weeks ago, Ash Barty shocked the sports world by announcing her retirement from tennis, despite being the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion.
So, at just 25 years old, could the now former world number 1 in women’s tennis try her hand at professional golf? In February 2021, Barty told the Australian Golf Digest that she was a fan of the sport and that she was quite good at it.
On one occasion, he had even impressed Tiger Woods. At the 2019 Presidents Cup held in his native Australia, Barty was asked to open the event and after some changes Tiger Woods really liked what he saw. “Is this a joke? She has a wonderful swing!
After Covid-19 shut down tennis tournaments, along with just about everything else, a few months later, Barty used his time to regain his confidence in golf. She slashed her handicap from 10 to 4 and won the annual women’s championship at Brookwater Golf & Country Club.
However, his love for golf goes back a long way. “My father, Robert, was a very good golfer,” Barty told the Australian Golf Digest. “As an amateur he represented Australia so much that he thought about going to university to start a path that would lead him to become a professional, but in the end he couldn’t. »
“So he decided to give up golf and stay home, never touching a club for 20 years, while I played in the garden with whatever old club I could find. Then, as soon as I stopped playing tennis for a while, I had the chance to play some more golf, and with my dad’s involvement, we started playing together…
I think that’s when I definitely fell in love with golf. Golf has always been a sport that comes very naturally to me, I mean my mother was also a very good golfer and her whole family loved to play golf… in fact, now that I think about it, if there is a sport that is in Barty’s genes are probably golf, even more so than tennis! “.
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