Not only did McCoy outplay Spieth but he finished only three strokes behind the winner, Charl Schwartzel, which was good enough for fourth overall in this past weekends Valspar Championship. The 22 year old amateur golfer from the University of Georgia would have earned $292,800 if McCoy was a professional — a fact that Spieth tried to warn him not to even ponder as they signed their scorecards following the final round.
Because of this small technicality McCoy, who admitted to only having about $350 in his bank account, was robbed of $300k. This begs the question: Why should an amateur golfer not get paid? McCoy earned it. He played a great weekend of golf. He beat the best player in the world. He should have gotten something other than bragging rights. Why was he allowed to play if he wasn’t able to cash out his winnings? If the Professional Golf Association didn’t want to pay him, they should have never let him participate in the Valspar Championship.
Stories like this are great. An amateur outduels the professionals. But when you take a deeper look into it, it’s a bit disappointing. Unless the PGA is willing to give amateurs their rightful earnings, they need to stop allowing them to participate in their tournaments. Golf needs to follow in the footsteps of the other major sports where the amateurs compete against amateurs and professionals compete against professionals.
It was great that McCoy was able to get the experience, but I’m sure if he knew that he would have to turn down $300k, he would have rather not have participated.