13 Jul '17, 1am
For David Leadbetter, an honor long overdue
So what began with a $10 lesson to a woman at the Chapman Golf Club in Zimbabwe about 47 years ago,—“I should have paid her,” Leadbetter jokes—has grown into a resume that includes working with pros who have amassed 24 major championships on the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours. Stops along the way for Leadbetter include Chicago, where many noted teachers gravitated to learn from instruction guru John Jacobs, to a long stint at the Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort in Haines City, which used to play host to the PGA Tour’s annual qualifying tournament. Leadbetter is now headquartered at ChampionsGate, a resort outside of Orlando, and his current students include Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Byeong An and Ernie Els on the PGA Tour and Danielle Kang on the LPGA Tour.