Why this Tour pro prefers to play rather than practice to prepare for tournaments

Bud Cauley in goal position

Bud Cauley says he prefers to play rather than practice.

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31-year-old Bud Cauley has been playing professionally on the Tour for nearly a decade. The former University of Alabama player is still seeking his first PGA Tour victory, but he has had plenty of experience being in contention with three third-place finishes and 23 top-ten finishes.

So it goes without saying that Cauley knows what it takes to prepare to compete at the highest level. And in this week’s episode of Subpar, Cauley shared where he stands in the practice-versus-game debate when it comes to preparing for tournaments.


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“If I’ve had a few days off, [I’ll take] maybe like a day to go out and hit some balls, make sure everything is in order, ”Cauley told hosts Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz. “But I’ve always enjoyed playing. I think, for me, I feel most prepared to go into a week if I’ve played a few rounds, especially if it’s a match you know. “There’s something at stake that makes it count. It’s when I feel most prepared, when I can get out there and play with the boys.”

Luckily for Cauley, he lives in the Tour pro capital of America – Jupiter, Florida – so it’s easy to gather a group for a round.

“It’s not hard to find a game,” he said. “JT loves to play, Rickie loves to play. Berger, love a game. You can write to him at any time, he is always ready to play. That was the main reason I came down here. I had a good group of friends of guys – Peter Uihlein, always loves to play. It’s nice to be around people who do the same thing as you. I think it’s the best practice in the world to be able to get down here. There are a lot of good golf courses, and play with these guys. It does not get better than that. ”

For more from Cauley, including his gambling stories with other professionals, and how he nearly lost $ 3,000 in a fast food bag, see the full interview below.

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As a four-year member of Columbia’s first class of female college golfers, Jessica can out-birdie everyone on the mast top. She can also challenge them in the office, where she is primarily responsible for producing both print and online features and overseeing major special projects, such as GOLF’s first Style Issue, which debuted in February 2018. Her original interview series, “A Round With,” debuted in November 2015 and appeared both in the magazine and in video form on GOLF.com.

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