Aaron Cockerill, the golfer who taught himself

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Aaron Cockerill, the golfer who taught himself

Aaron Cockerill, with no professional golf victories yet, moved into the top spot with 65 shots, seven birdies at Kingsbarns, at Alfred Dunhill Links after day one. Like the rest, he took advantage of the windfall before Friday's storm, the day he will play for the first time the stage that every golfer wants: the Old Course at St.


Aaron Cockerill, story

His story is one of those that doesn't start well, but then yes. He had not turned four months old when the private plane piloted by his maternal grandfather, with the golfer's father and a friend as passengers, crashed into Norris Lake while they were going fishing one day in August 1992.

At retirement age, the pilot had helped build a field in Teulon, which was where the 30-year-old Canadian got his start. "I never paid him a teacher, I couldn't afford it," his mother Katie explained in an interview last year.

Aaron grew up golfing on his own. In the harsh Canadian winter he was hitting balls against a net in the garage. At the age of 15 he entered a tournament for the first time and won it. He was feeding the expectations, which were cemented in his college stage when he combined clubs with studies in Idaho.

His jump to professionalism in 2015 was nothing spectacular. He started out on the weak McKenzie Circuit with an income of less than $50,000, not even enough to break even. But he was lucky enough to, due to his character, fall into the good graces of a handful of neighbors who wanted to boost his career.

He created a fund that has allowed him to pay for trips and grow on the Dp World Tour in addition to making his debut on the PGA Tour. His patron reached up to 83-year-old ladies. His best investor gives him $50 for every birdie he makes.

In return he plays golf with them when he is home. His relationship with holes in one is curious, the most difficult shot, by chance, that exists in golf. Cockerill made the first 'ace' of him at age 10 and breaking a statistic of 1 in 14 million, the second was achieved the following week.

"My father," Katie recalled, "he did the same thing 10 days apart. He must have had something to do with it." It was the same inexplicable coincidence that was repeated this summer, when he made a hole in one at the European Masters in Switzerland, for which he has earned life insurance, and the following Thursday he made another in Denmark on the 16th hole in Himmerland , the smallest of those played in competition of 86 meters.

He then he ended up disqualified that tournament. The strength from above helps, but Grandpa still doesn't have that much of a hand.