Pro golfers are rarely satisfied with how they've played. But no one, not even Nick Faldo, Complains as often as Stephen and Mark Pullan, the only identical twins currently playing professional golf.
Two months ago Stephen won his first pro tournament, a one-day Gary Player mini-tour event in Lakeland, Fla. He shot a six-under 66 to pick up the $1,000 winner's check, but the experience left him curiously unhappy. "I was kind of down right then," Stephen says.
He was disappointed because Mark had shot 75 and finished out of the money. Mark was no happier. "I felt bad," he says. "I knew my day would leave us unsatisfied."
The 23-year-olds, who grew up playing golf on an abandoned course next to their house in Leeds, England, aren't crybabies. The psychology of identical twins is such that often each twin judges himself based on how he and his twin have performed. So unless the Pullans both play well, it's time to sulk. "As far as golf goes," says Robert, "we're almost impossible to satisfy."
Last week the Pullans returned to England, where Mark will play on a mini-tour. Stephen, meanwhile, will busy himself on the European Challenge Tour, which is comparable to the Nike Tour.
When they are together, about the only way to differentiate the Pullan brothers is by their heft. "I'm about five pounds heavier than him," says Mark. "That's because he was born first," says Stephen. "Mark's also a tad balder around the brow."
Twins will be twins.