Ask anyone and they’ll tell you: Golf is hard, but it can be extremely addictive.
The feel of driving down the middle of the fairway, hitting a flush approach shot to hit the pin, and knocking down birdie putts are all reasons pros and amateurs alike keep coming back to the golf course.
For music mogul and philanthropist DJ Khaled, golf has essentially become a full-time job. His love for the game has been on display on social media and he says not a day goes by without going out on the field.
Like everything he’s done in his life, he’s shooting for the stars with his golf game.
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«I want to go pro,» he told Fox News Digital by phone as he gave back to the Miami community with the Fanatics’ Merch Madness Fan Gear giveaway Tuesday morning.
«The reason I’m saying that is if for whatever reason I don’t turn pro, I want to be able to play some really big games.»
Of course, Khaled has a ways to go to reach the professional level, but his relentless positivity in a sport filled with frustrations is inspiring.
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«Golf is a beautiful sport,» he said. «Golf is like life: it’s not easy, but it’s beautiful. Every day, you try to perfect [your game]. You are fighting with yourself to get bigger and bigger every day on the course. It’s a special addiction because just because of the way you hit the ball and you get that sound, you want to keep getting the same love every time you hit the ball.
«I loved it as a kid, but now it’s a full-time thing for me. You have to add golfer next to my name now because I’m a real golfer now.»
If you take a look at his social media pages, you’ll see that his usual boisterous personality explodes when he takes a good shot, especially when he hits his driver «smack dab in the middle» which is what he usually yells.
Sure, it may not be typical golf etiquette, but Khaled isn’t going to change who he is on the course. The pure excitement and joy of him cannot be contained.
It has also brought out his natural desire to give back to the community.
“I want to enjoy it, but at the same time make golf known to the young world, to children. I want them to know about this game, this sport and how beautiful it is,” he said.
A prime example is Khaled joining NBA All-Star Steph Curry and his Underrated Golf Tour, which is committed to providing equal opportunity and access to the game for student athletes from all communities. He was seen wowing young golfers with one of his now signature drives, while enjoying some of the talent on the course during the tournament.
«They were 13, 14, 15 years old and already playing pros,» Khaled said. «I was looking to the future. So it’s inspiring to see what golf has done to me, that I’m inspired by it. But I’m inspired to be able to share my love with children and the young world. Hopefully, [they] I can hug him and feel the joy I’m feeling.»
Khaled is also a Ryder Cup ambassador for this year’s event which is scheduled to take place at the end of September. While he’ll look up to the game’s best from around the world at that event, his first big game is also in the books.
Khaled’s We The Best Foundation is set to host its inaugural celebrity golf tournament on July 20 in Miami, sponsored by Jordan Brand. He went out of his way to get celebrities, athletes and golf influencers in attendance, including Michael Vick, Odell Beckham Jr., Kenny Smith and Shannon Sharpe, to leave his philanthropic mark on the game he loves.
Even the «people’s champion» of the 2023 PGA Championship, Michael Block, has also committed to play in the event.
«Great golf for a great cause,» as Khaled put it.
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With 35.1 million followers on Instagram, the game of golf is being seen and learned through Khaled’s eyes. And the usual swings of the clubs and difficult moments of the game are not on the screen – he really enjoys every second on the field.
Of course, there’s a lot to improve on his game, which he told Fox News Digital is «right-in-the-middle consistency from momentum.» But he is encouraged by his short game and putting skills.
It’s the growth of your game, just like any other golfer picking up a set of clubs for the first time, that has you locked up for life.
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«That’s what makes me wake up every morning to be on that course because I know it’s about to go to the next level,» he said.