The Life as a Touring Pro – Pinehurst’s Darron Stiles

It’s not all glamour and big money and first class and luxury courtesy cars. The life as a touring golf pro can be demanding. It can rob you of valuable time with your family.

It can also bring you great rewards — depending on how well you play and how long you dedicate your life to it. For Pinehurst Country Club member Darron Stiles, he’s done both.

Stiles, who a few weeks ago won for the fifth time on the Tour (formerly the Nationwide Tour, which was formerly the Nike Tour, which was formerly the Hogan Tour — Stiles knows all these things), is that tour’s all-time leading money-winner. But even with more than 1.8 million in earnings, Stiles yearns to get back to the PGA Tour, where he has spent five seasons of the his 17-year professional career. Currently 10th on the Tour money list with seven events remaining in the 2012 season, Stiles has virtually assured himself of returning to the PGA Tour in 2013.

Recently, with Pinehurst No. 2’s famed 18th green behind him, Stiles took a few minutes to discuss his success on the Tour, the number of differences between the two tours, the toll the touring golf pro life can take and look ahead to what’s next for the rest of the golf season.

For more on Stiles’ season, go here and here.