Health Benefits of Golf: Golfers Live Longer

In what might be the silliest, or at least the most obvious, headline on the internet in a while, we were drawn to the provocative title “Staying Healthy May Help Golf Performance.” It reported on a survey published last week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that gave healthy golf tips that also can be found on the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages of the European Tour Performance Institute.

According to the lead researcher, “people who play golf regularly… [have been] shown to live up to five years longer than non-golfers.” We believe that, but other news coming out over the last few days might give others pause. For instance, Jason Day announced that he will be off the course for at least two months to heal his injured back, while Justin Rose is taking a two-month hiatus “for rest and recovery” from a long season and a back issue he’s had since May. (On the plus side, Rose did win the Olympic gold medal in August.) And, of course, there’s the news that Tiger Woods, who hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since August 2015 due to more injuries than we can count will tee it up this week at the Safeway Open in California.

So golfers live longer, but have to spend a percentage of that extra time mending? We’ll take that trade-off. Would you?

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