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Athlete by day, Uber driver by night: Professional golf isn’t glamorous for Adam Stephens

Athlete by day, uber driver by night.

For 30-year-old Adam Stephens, the world of professional golf certainly isn’t glamorous.

Adam, who’s ranked number 1939 in the world, took the Australian Open by storm today when he shot three-under-par 69.

“A great round of gold considering some of the superstars of the sport really did struggle on the course,” says Ross Greenwood.

But behind the success comes hardship and hours of hard work.

Adam tells Ross he drives an Uber to make ends meet and nearly went bankrupt last year.

“I went to Japan last year, did the final qualifying there and unfortunately didn’t quite get through.

“That almost bankrupted me.

“The reality is you have to have another job over here in Australia.”

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The Emirates Australian Open teed off today at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney and will finish up on Sunday November 18.

CEO of Golf Australia Stephen Pitt joins Ross Greenwood, giving his take on the state of Australian golf.

He says the Open has grown over the past five or six years but they’re still facing challenges.

“For us the prize money is not where we’d like it to be, at $1.25 million.”

Mr Pitt says the women’s game has seen some significant advancement and some of the world’s best players are coming to our shores to compete.

“For the Women’s Open we’ll routinely have five, six, seven of the top ten players in the world.

“The men’s game is far more challenging.”

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