Paige Spiranac made her name by posting videos from the links to Instagram, hence her deserved, self-proclaimed title as the "OG Insta golf girl." But she's gone from turning heads on the green to nabbing major modeling gigs that landed her in both the Maxim Hot 100 and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, garnering millions of followers along the way.
Recently, the Spiranac made headlines for criticizing star Bryson DeChambeau after the American golfer was captured calling an official ruling "garbage"at the Memorial Tournament in late July.
“I used to be a big Bryson fan. I was all in on Bryson … I thought he was doing things that were different, innovative and he is who he is, and I respect that,” she said on her latest Playing-A-Round podcast. “But in the last few weeks it’s been really hard to be a Bryson fan. He’s crossed that line from being different to being a d**k."
Yahoo Sports notes that DeChambeau also blew up at a cameraman at the Rocket Mortgage Classic earlier in early July.
"Before taking up the game of golf, I was a young girl with horrible asthma and a hair condition that made me nearly bald until I was about 10 — a girl who was bullied incessantly," she writes. "I started playing golf after a broken knee led me to quit my career as an elite gymnast. It wasn’t long before I became one of the world’s top-ranked amateur players."
Soon after beginning her amateur career, Spiranac realized that competition took the fun out of playing golf for her.
"On the range and in practice rounds I was shooting lights out, but in competition I fell apart. It was terribly frustrating," she wrote. "It wasn’t until last year that I figured out the problem: I just don’t love competitive golf."
"What I love is the game itself. I love being outdoors, practicing, and smelling the freshly cut grass at 6 a.m. as the sun rises. But I didn’t love travel, or pressure, or the mean-spiritedness of my competitors."
But don't worry—she's not putting her clubs down anytime soon. Among her many brand partnerships is an ambassadorship with X-Golf America, an indoor simulator entertainment concept.
Here, 10 glorious times Spiranac made the golf green a better place:
Her punch shot is primo.
So is her bunker shot.
Her golf cart selfie game is unmatched.
She has insane ball control...
Her preshot ritual is epic.
She has a great sense of humor.
Her trick shots don't always go as planned.
She can drive in high heels...
...or something more casual.
And she's got solid putting tips!
Here's a sampling of even more from the gorgeous golf star. Enjoy!