Levin shows off professionalism

Spencer Levin during the third round of The Memorial Tournament.
Spencer Levin during the third round of The Memorial Tournament. ( Getty Images )

Thursday, June 10, 2010

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – For those of you who might have questioned Nathan Green’s view of U.S. Open qualifying, I present Spencer Levin.

Green backed out of Monday’s 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier and told a reporter he’d rather sit on his couch watching the World Cup than compete in golf’s second major of the year.

Contrast that with Levin, who lugged his own bag to the practice range at the St. Jude Classic on Wednesday. After shooting a 79 Sunday to plummet to a T-33 finish at The Memorial, Levin had boarded a late flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Sacramento, Calif., for Monday’s 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier. He missed out, but rather than back out of the St. Jude, Levin boarded a red-eye flight Tuesday to Memphis. Get the man a Red Bull or something.

This is what I call being a professional and honoring your commitment. Levin has played every tournament since the Masters. I’ll do the math for you: That’s eight events in a row. Part of it, of course, is Levin needs to play to improve his chances of keeping his card. He also just likes to play golf. Here’s how he figured it: “I’d be out playing anyways, so why take the week off?” Levin said. “I’m not the type who can sit around watching TV for very long. If I’m not hurt, I ought to go to work.”

That type of attitude should make a certain someone green with envy.

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