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Peter Odemwingie’s Inspiring Transition To Professional Golf

Peter Odemwingie, a former Premier League forward known for his time at West Brom, Cardiff, and Stoke, has transitioned to a new sport at the age of 42, becoming a professional golfer. Odemwingie, who retired from football in 2019, picked up golf in his thirties and quickly developed a passion for it. Now a qualified PGA member, he aims to compete on the Champions Tour when he turns 50 in 2031.

Reflecting on his journey, Odemwingie shared that he started playing golf towards the end of his tenure at West Brom, inspired by his teammates’ enthusiasm. Initially skeptical, he decided to give it a try during a pre-season training trip, which ignited his love for the game.

Odemwingie’s commitment to golf grew rapidly as he joined a local club and practiced intensively, sometimes hitting 500 balls a day. This new challenge reinvigorated him, making him feel like a teenager again. He also expressed interest in coaching and promoting the game in Nigeria, while keeping his sights on future competitive play.

Throughout his football career, Odemwingie scored 37 Premier League goals and represented Nigeria in multiple Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup tournaments. Despite a memorable failed transfer to QPR in 2013, he remains optimistic about his post-football endeavors, particularly his burgeoning golf career.

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