Peter Odemwingie is ready to "make some noise" as a golf professional

Ex West Brom striker wants a new career on the European Tour...

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Tue, 4 Feb 2020
Peter Odemwingie is ready to "make some noise" as a golf professional

Former Premier League footballer Peter Odemwingie has told Sky Sports that he is ready to make it big as a professional golfer within the next one year.

Odemwingie, 38, is currently going through the process of earning his PGA qualifications while improving his golf game all the time.

"I'm ready to make some noise as a player," Odemwingie told Sky Sports.

"Within the next one year I have a plan to go to Q-School on the PGA EuroPro Tour, I think it's achievable.

"I've improved as a golfer and I think there is a player in me."

Odemwingie is now undertaking an intense three-year PGA programme that features residential weeks and classroom exams. 

The PGA programme combines a mix of coaching, sports science, business, golf, equipment fitting, learning about golf technology and Level 1 and Level 2 coaching awards that Odemwingie has recently achieved. 


He also had to pass a playing test, which was to shoot 15-over over 36 holes, something he successfully managed but right on the number thanks to a clutch putt on the 36th hole. 

Odemwingie was an 8-handicap golfer at the start of 2019 and now he is currently playing off 3. 

He can at least take heart from the fact both Ian Poulter and Paul Lawrie came through this exact PGA programme and made it big on the main circuits. 

Odemwingie scored 30 goals in 87 appearances for West Brom where he won three Player of the Month awards in the Premier League, and he also had spells at Cardiff City and Stoke City. He also excelled at international level, earning 63 caps for Nigeria where he scored 10 goals. 

But perhaps Odemwingie's most famous moment came off the field in a car park.

Odemwingie drove more than 120 miles from Birmingham to London on Transfer Deadline Day in 2013 to help speed up a move from West Brom to QPR, but it all fell through as manager Harry Redknapp claimed "wires got crossed".