Peter Trego turns off! The batsman retired from cricket last month and is now pursuing a career in golf
It’s not the prospect of trying and failing that has plagued Peter Trego’s mind when switching from sport to golf. Don’t try, that’s another matter.
“That’s one of the great things about being a British sportsman. You are programmed to bring yourself out. I could do something else to earn a living and be none the wiser,” he says Sports post, as he watches his team-mates from Nottinghamshire’s latest splurge on winning the County Championship.
“But I don’t want to be that guy sitting there at 60: I should have done this or that. I’d rather be the guy who tried and failed than the guy who didn’t and spout a load of nonsense in the pub – the ones who tell you they were a better central defender than the ones on TV.”
Peter Trego (above) retired from cricket, ending a 22-year career in the county game and now focuses on becoming a professional golfer
There have been plenty of tried and true moments for Trego, 40, on a cricket journey that began with his native Somerset in the 20th century.
He finished runner-up in the championship six times and it wasn’t until his final season in 2019 that he won his first medal with the club. After announcing his retirement from professional cricket last month, he will be remembered as one of the best players of his generation not to earn an international cap.
Above all, he remains one of life’s biggest competitors, which is why we’re talking about turning pro in golf days after his last first-team appearance for Nottinghamshire in August. He competes in the PGA’s EuroPro Tour – a catalyst in the career advancements of Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton.
Can’t wait to tweet a picture of my first check. Even if it’s 50 pounds. That’s my first goal,” he says. ‘The second, consistent austerity. If I can make a handful of cuts in the first year, it will confirm my mission.
The 40-year-old all-rounder has spent his last two seasons in Nottinghamshire
However, he scored a massive 18,827 runs and took 547 of his 646 wickets at Somerset
“Half of the people who follow my progress want me to do well, but the other half want to see the bad score to get the p***.”
Let his remarkable backstory influence which side you choose: Trego was self-taught on fields adjacent to his childhood home in Weston-super-Mare, and it wasn’t until his mid-20s that he really got into the sport.
“I come from a working-class family, so golf was never an affordable thing, but I remember my mother getting a set of clubs from the local charity shop for me and my brother to share,” Trego recalls.
“Our house was adjacent to four rugby fields, so we made a small nine-hole course around the posts. There we learned to be creative and to shape our photos.’
Trego’s first handicap, when he joined established clubs in his mid-20s, was five. A decade later, extra practice propelled him to another level. “I managed to get to +4 and that’s a good time to give pro tournaments a chance,” he says.
James White, who runs a small mentoring company, will provide sponsorship and professional advice on dealing with the pressures of tournament golf – something Trego says he didn’t do when he shot six-over in British Open qualifiers in June. The two dozen players who made progress played cards even or better.
He joins PGA’s EuroPro Tour – a catalyst in Tommy Fleetwood’s career ascent
He previously revealed on Twitter that he had won the Nottinghamshire club championships
“My issues aren’t my actual golf game, it’s the mental side because even after 20 years of playing sports, being on the tee of a professional tournament is a level of pressure I never thought I would experience,” says Trego .
“There are a few moments in cricket – a final or a match – where there is something at stake, but in tournament golf every shot you play feels so intense.
“I have to get the element Peter Trego the showman to the golf course. Henrik Stenson is emotionless, while Ian Poulter pumps himself up. It’s about finding your performance mode and mine isn’t the Iceman.’
Trego thinks he was closer to his true self at Leven Links, Fife, last month when he scored 69 in the second round, the first time he had been underperformed at the elite level.
It is not the first time that he is at a sporting crossroads. As a teenager, he asked both Julian Wyatt, his second XI coach at Somerset, and the Weston-super-Mare football management team where his various careers were headed.
Trego, who has regularly shared his scorecards on social media, said he can’t wait to “tweet” a picture of his first check, even if it’s only “just £50”
Trego said: ‘Weston said I could be a really good footballer, but Julian said I could play for England – and that was my decision made for me.’
During the early years of his career, he made more money as a goalkeeper than as a cricketer. He saved a penalty on his debut for then Conference South club Margate in 2004-05 and scored with a 70-yard chip in another game. However, he continued to pursue his English cricket dream, after returning to Taunton in 2006 and playing 10 times for the Lions without winning a full cap.
“That would really be my only regret. I’m the only player to win the county cricket MVP and not get the chance to play internationally,” he recalls.
“When I played, I wanted to ruin someone else’s day from the opponent. I’ve tried to entertain: take big shots, and I’ve always loved a one-handed diving catch. My attitude has always been: ‘If you don’t go, you never know’.’
It’s the approach he seems to be taking in the next chapter of his sporting life.