Paige Spiranac turned heads on Instagram on Monday with a now-viral video showing how to play a hole two different ways.
Spiranac, 30, is one of the biggest names in golf despite not actually playing professionally.
The Colorado native played collegiate golf for San Diego State University where she helped lead the Aztecs to their first Mountain West Conference championship.
But the stresses of pursuing a professional career weighed on her, and she eventually opted to go another route.
“So many growing pains,” she said of the decision not to pursue a pro career on her Playing A Round With Paige podcast. “I was burnt out of, I wouldn’t say golf, just dedicating my life to something and not really seeing the results. With gymnastics, it was hard because I was fighting injuries and then with golf — golf is such an interesting sport because you can work out, eat right, practice and still not achieve your goals. That was something for me that I just couldn’t wrap my head around.
“It also went against everything that my parents ever told me because I come from two athletes. They always said, ‘If you put the work in and you dedicate your life to something, you will be successful.’ But that just wasn’t happening with golf and I was driving myself crazy because I felt like I should be achieving at a much higher level…I had everything to be a world class golfer, but I just couldn’t put it together and I didn’t know why. It was driving me actually insane.”
But that decision proved fruitful, as Spiranac has created a lucrative career for herself as “the OG golf girl” on social media. Spiranac has over 3.8 million followers on Instagram.
She treated those followers to a new video on Monday, showing how to play the Par 4 ninth hole at Liberty National Golf Course in New York two different ways. The course is a former PGA Tour stop and Presidents Cup host.
Spiranac, donning her traditional all-white, made par on both attempts. But something tells us her followers didn’t care much about the scores.
The post has nearly 50,000 likes just three hours after it went live.
Paige Spiranac is living the good life.