Two-time NBA champion J.R. Smith has left professional basketball to enroll at North Carolina A&T with hopes of joining the university’s golf team. With Smith’s sights seemingly set on become a pro golfer, four-time major winner Brooks Koepka has some thoughts.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Koepka congratulated Smith on giving golf a chance. He called it “awesome” that he was giving it a chance, even in his mid-30s.
“Never too late,” Koepka wrote. “congrats @TheRealJRSmith this is awesome!”
Smith will be starting his golf career at the age of 36. He’s already about five years older than Koepka, though Koepka started his professional golf career at age 22.
— Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka) August 12, 2021
While the odds of J.R. Smith becoming a major contender (let alone winner) are low, there’s nothing stopping him from becoming a solid golfer. Some golfers haven’t gone pro until their 30s, and went on to enjoy very good careers.
Vijay Singh, Allen Doyle and Juli Inkster all got started in their late-20s to mid-30s and enjoyed tremendous success in their careers.
And given that J.R. Smith is a professional athlete, he’s probably in much better shape than many who go pro even younger than he is.
All of that said, Smith still needs to get clearance from the NCAA and make the team.
But if he does, he’ll have one of the best golfers in the world in his corner.