What are your thoughts going into the Open at Royal St. George’s?
In 2011, I played the Open there when Darren Clarke won. It’s the most unusual of the courses in the Open rota [schedule]. It’s very undulating. Its bumpy. It’s hilly. It’s quirky. You’re going to get some really bad bounces but also some really good bounces too.
For nearly half your life you’ve been a professional golfer, with four majors in your 19 PGA Tour wins and 14 European Tour victories. How do the challenges change?
You have to strike a balance. When I turned pro in 2007, golf was my life. I probably thought I had a good balance, but I didn’t. I’m a new father now, and that presents its own challenges to your career. You don’t quite have as much time as you did before. You have to be really efficient with time management. The game has also changed a lot. These kids coming out of college are ready to win. They play so much more aggressively. You have to adapt and keep coming up with new ideas. I still think I can win and know I can play. There are just a few more players to beat now.
Why did you create Symphony Ventures in 2019?
I had gotten to a point where I had done financially well on the golf course. We were looking to do something different. It was, do I open another wealth management portfolio and do the same thing again? Or do I do something like this, as a great introduction to meet new people?
Who vets your deals?
We have a few trusted people who have been in the venture capital and private equity world a long time. I don’t sit down and do the due diligence. We have trusted people who say this is good. It’s treated like a real business.