Craig Kieswetter was the man of the match when the England cricket team won their only world cricket title in 2010 – the World T20.
In the game of Somerset against Northants in 2014, the former cricket pro had a face injury that ended that career choice. The ex wicketkeeper batsman retired from the sport after he admitted that the injury had a permanent effect on his eyesight. He turned to pro golf and he has been consistent.
The 29-year old has played three tournaments already as a pro golfer barely two years after calling it quits in cricket. Kieswettersays he has reached his initial ambition when he ventured into the sport after he won a card to the MENA Tour in Asia and North Africa – a third tier tournament.
“As a cricketer, I was a good amateur golfer, playing off two or three. But it was never my idea to go pro. After retiring from cricket, I went back to see family in Cape Town and was feeling a bit lost, not knowing what to do.
“For 26 years all I’d wanted to do was be a pro cricketer. My old man said, ‘You love golf, go to the States, travel around Florida and have fun,’” Kieswetter said.
The fun eventually turned something deeper. He credited legendary golf coach David Leadbetteras his trainer amongst others. He said it was never his dream to go pro after a bad encounter in one pro sport but after doing well in amateur tournaments, he went through a qualifier to get the MENA Tour card.
On his immediate futureplans, he said: “Getting on the European Tour is a long way away. It’s taken me 18 months to get a tour card but who knows? I’d love to do that. I am living my second dream and I want to make the most of it.”
He admitted being “a little behind most players in golfing experience” but promised to “play tournament golf consistently.”