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Bob Heintz ’92

What are the best things about being a professional golfer: the fresh air and sunshine, the exercise, the plaid pants? Not for Bob Heintz ’92: “You do your job well, your income potential is limitless,” the former econ major tells the Associated Press. “That’s what I love about this job. I would equate golf to being a salesman. If I play well, I make money. If I don’t, they send me home.”

Last weekend Heintz, a 40-year-old journeyman on the PGA Tour, played well—well enough to come in second in the Reno-Tahoe Open and pull down his biggest payday ever, a $324,000 prize.

A three-time All-Ivy player, and possibly the only Ivy Leaguer making a full-time living on PGA Tour, Heintz had never finished above fifth place before Reno-Tahoe. Nonetheless, he earned more than $300,000 in each of the last two years. This year, however, his play was “terrible”: he had made less than $20,000 and was “thinking about quitting.” (It doesn’t help that he’s building a house in Florida for himself, his wife, and their four kids. It probably doesn’t hurt that he has a Yale degree, despite his lack of experience in jobs that don’t require spiky shoes.) So instead of getting sent home like a failed salesman, Heintz headed this week to Toronto: his Reno-Tahoe finish earned him a spot in the Canadian Open.

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