Professional golf - A license to spend money? Issues of money in the lives of touring professional golfers
AffiliationMyerscough College ; University of Chester ; University of Chester
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AbstractDrawing upon figurational sociology, this paper examines issues of money that are central to touring professional golfers’ workplace experiences. Based on interviews with 16 professionals, results indicate the monetary rewards available for top golfers continues to increase, however, such recompense is available to relatively small numbers and the majority fare poorly. Results suggest that playing on tour with other like-minded golfers fosters internalized constraints relating to behaviour, referred to as ‘habitus’, whereby many players ‘gamble’ on pursuing golf as their main source of income despite the odds against them. Golfers are constrained to develop networks with sponsors for financial reasons which has left some players with conflicting choices between regular money, and adhering to restrictive contractual agreements, or the freedom to choose between different brands.
CitationJournal of Sport and Social Issues, 2015, 39(3), pp. 179-201
DescriptionThis is the authors' PDF version of an article which appeared online on 11/11/2014 in published in Journal of Sport and Social Issues© 2014. The definitive version is available at http:dx.doi.org/10.1177/0193723514557819
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