Golf social media sensation Paige Spiranac admits she decided to change her career path in the sport because she "couldn't hack it as a pro golfer".
Spiranac, 30, attempted to make it big in the world of golf when she was in her teens but after failing to secure her card on the LPGA Tour in 2016 she quickly decided to make her millions on social media instead.
Despite not being a pro golfer any longer, Spiranac is a scratch player today.
She's also an ambassador for a number of companies such as PointsBet and Shot Scope.
Hi new followers My name is Paige and here’s some facts about me— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) April 28, 2023
-I’m a scratch golfer and hate slow play
-I started a job in media after I couldn’t hack it as a pro golfer
-They are real and spectacular
-I own who I am and never afraid to stand up for what I believe in… pic.twitter.com/2CAWUbJ6zI
Paige Spiranac's early golf career
Spiranac had been tipped for a big pro career in the ladies game when she won five times in seven appearances on Colorado's junior golf circuit, including the 2010 CWGA Junior Stroke Play.
Paige then quickly became a top 20 junior player in the world.
Spiranac then went on to represent the University of Arizona Wildcats with varying results in her freshman year, 2011-12, before moving to San Diego State for her sophomore year. It was at San Diego where she earned First-Team All-Mountain West honours, a fifth-place finish at the Cal Classic, a sixth at the Mountain West Championship, and a 19th place at the NCAA Central Regional Championships.
Paige continued to cement her status as a rising star in the ladies game during the 2013-14 season when she helped the Aztecs win the Mountain West Conference Championship, which marked their first in school history.
She described that achievement as "one of the absolute happiest moment" in her life.
Spiranac received an invite to compete in the 2015 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters but she would go on to miss the cut.
Paige would bounce back when debuting on the developmental Cactus Tour in 2016, and she chalked up her first Tour win in just her third start when coming through a sudden-death playoff over Hannah O'Sullivan (the then top amateur in the world) at Scottsdale's Orange Tree CC.
Other notable achievements that season included making the cut at the Scottish Open on the Ladies European Tour and then finishing in a three-way tie for second at Legacy in Phoenix, Arizona.
Spiranac then attempted to make it onto the LPGA Tour when competing in her first Q-School tournament, but she unfortunately failed to earn a card.
She then decided to call time on her pro career and instead make it big in golf social media, and it would appear to have been a good idea.
Spiranac has now amassed just shy of 4m followers on Instagram, which is more than any other individual golfer including Tiger Woods (3.2m).