It wasn’t long ago that Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent was going head-to-head with the world’s best golfers on America’s famed university circuit. Indeed, the Virginia Tech graduate was given a front-row seat to see just how good these guys were after enjoying competitive matches with the likes of Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
A few years on from that and Vincent finds himself making a living out of golf in Asia while his opponents from university have managed to carve out a career on the PGA Tour. Spieth in particular has gone the furthest and, tellingly, is one of the favourites to win the upcoming Masters tournament according to the latest golf betting odds, which price the Texan at just 11/1 to win his second green jacket.
It goes without saying so but this comparison with Spieth shouldn’t by any means be interpreted or seen as Vincent underachieving and rather as a feather in his cap for competing with the world’s finest during his younger days. On the contrary, the 29-year-old is heading in the right direction in his career and making waves in Asia after recording his first two professional wins in 2021. In fact, the days of going toe-to-toe with the best in the world may just be around the corner again given the ever-changing landscape of professional golf these days.
Rd 1: 73
Rd 2: 67
— Asian Tour (@asiantourgolf) July 30, 2021
Notably, these wins have moved Vincent up to 111 in the official world golf rankings which means that he is well on his way to achieving his goal by breaking into the top 100 in the world.
This would be a significant milestone for many different reasons as the top 100 players in the world are afforded extra invites to the world’s biggest competitions and of course majors. More recently, however, the top 100 in the world have also been approached by the newly formed Saudi golf league to take part in their new breakaway venture that has already had a significant impact on professional golf. In essence, this is the single most disruptive development in golf’s history for the better part of fifty years and threatens to change golf as we know it for good.
Bryson DeChambeau has been offered more than @TigerWoods' career PGA Tour earnings to join the Saudi Golf League. 🤯
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) February 3, 2022
Lifetime bans from the PGA and European Tours await any player who signs up which should deter most professionals, but then again, the final incentive is huge as Ian Poulter’s offer of £22 million from the Saudis to join the league indicates. Naturally, this could mean Harare-born Vincent is close to being offered an eye-watering and ultimately life-changing sum to take part, but that would mean the Zimbabwean is forced to turn his back on the traditional tours.
Whether the 29-year-old does decide to pursue a career in this new league is currently unknown but what is a certainty is that his back-breaking work on the range and putting green over the last few years is beginning to produce life-altering dividends. Indeed, Vincent took the road less traveled to Asia to begin a career in professional golf and now stands on the brink of breaking into the big time, irrespective of which tour that will be on.
It’s been an inspiring journey for the boy from Harare and the best is yet to come for this proudly Zimbabwean sportsman.