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BEFORE THEY HIT IT BIG
JESSICA MARKSBURY
July 04, 2011
Tour players haven't always been cashing seven-figure checks. Many made ends meet doing less glamorous work
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July 04, 2011

Before They Hit It Big

Tour players haven't always been cashing seven-figure checks. Many made ends meet doing less glamorous work

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KEVIN STREELMAN

PGA Tour earnings: $4,785,067

"My first job was as a janitor at a roofing company. I would go after school my senior year and clean floors and throw away garbage to save a couple of bucks for college. I had gotten a golf scholarship for the fall. My parents said, 'You have to get a job.' I've always had to work, so I don't take anything for granted. Each year, each tournament, is a blessing."

SCOTT VERPLANK

PGA Tour earnings: $26,933,774

"I worked in a Dallas department store for three months when I was 16. It was terrible. I remember working on a Saturday in January. It was 70 degrees, and the sun was out. That was my last day."

BOO WEEKLEY

PGA Tour earnings: $7,319,656

"I used to be a hydroblaster. I cleaned out lines at a chemical plant for three years until I turned pro. We cleaned out tanks, sewer lines, everything. It was nasty."

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