Episode 15

Published on:

8th Dec 2023

What it REALLY Takes to Get Back on Tour with Stuart Manley

What does it really take to win back your tour card at age 44? DP World Tour member Stuart Manley shares his story.


Stuart Manley, a professional golfer, discusses his journey of regaining his tour card and the challenges he faced. He talks about the financial implications of losing the card and the difficulty of earning money on the Challenge Tour. Stuart also shares his decision to pursue golf over football and the benefits of playing multiple sports. He emphasizes the importance of accuracy in golf and the increasing distance of younger players. Stuart discusses the role of sponsors and the financial support needed to compete on tour. He also shares his favorite tour courses and non-tour courses he has played.


Losing a tour card can have significant financial implications and a drop in potential earnings.

Playing multiple sports can help develop hand-eye coordination and contribute to overall athletic ability.

Accuracy in golf is crucial, and it is possible to compete at a high level without extreme distance.

Sponsorship and financial support are essential for professional golfers to cover the costs of competing on tour.

Reading putts from a low position can provide a better view of the contours of the green.


  • 00:00 Introduction and Tour Card
  • 01:12 Mountain Ash Golf Club during COVID
  • 02:16 Losing the Tour Card
  • 03:01 Challenge Tour and Earnings
  • 04:19 The Cost of Being a Pro Golfer
  • 06:43 Choosing Golf over Football
  • 08:27 Playing Multiple Sports
  • 09:26 Golf as an Individual Sport
  • 10:18 Distance vs Accuracy
  • 11:40 The Influence of Younger Players
  • 12:46 Balancing Distance and Accuracy
  • 14:17 Putting and Driving Accuracy
  • 15:21 The Importance of Putting
  • 17:04 Reading Putts
  • 18:26 Thoughts on the Live Golf Tour
  • 20:05 Sponsorship and Financial Support
  • 23:47 Regaining the Tour Card
  • 25:21 Finding Sponsors
  • 26:39 Post-Round Drink and Food
  • 29:12 Short Game Tips for Amateurs
  • 32:22 Favorite and Least Favorite Clubs
  • 33:29 Playing Nine Holes or Range Session
  • 34:07 Favorite Tour Course and Non-Tour Course

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Jay (@ProGolfCritic) is a graduate of Duke University in Statistical Analysis.
A native New Yorker residing in California, he's been playing competitive amateur golf for over 25 years and is passionate about Golf being a global game and a game for everyone.
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Ben (Golf Lover UK) has been a casual golf fan all his life but in 2012 the bug bit. A huge fan of all things golf, PGAT, LIV, Ladies and Seniors. Ben is ticking off courses in the UK trying to play 20-25 new courses each year.

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Mark (@GolfDadUK) is a podcasting industry expert and an early industry leader in the United Kingdom and USA. He's also an avid golfer, huge fan of all things golf and is trying to get down to single digits over the next two years. Pah!