Ben Silverman: From 118 To Contending On PGA Tour
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA | A few miles outside of Thornhill, Ontario, just north of Toronto, an unassuming retail outlet called Golf Town stands next to an adjoining furniture store. From the vast parking lot, you can see where the bustling 407 and 400 highways meet.
Inside, the turquoise ceiling looks down on a typical assortment of golf products. It’s nothing special, but it was here where Ben Silverman and his caddie, Dave Stone, worked as salesmen while harboring aspirations to be on a platform far larger than the store’s AstroTurf putting green.
If there weren’t customers roaming, Silverman and Stone would escape to the simulator and pound golf balls until the sound of the front door opening forced them into sales mode.
“We always snuck in there when we could when the store was dead,” Silverman said. “Or one guy would take a customer so the other guy could go in and hit some balls. We were still good employees, though. Nobody had any complaints.”
More than a decade later, the two Canadians can be found teaming in a successful player-caddie partnership on the PGA Tour. This week at the Honda Classic, the 31-year-old Silverman was tied for 13th heading into the weekend and threatening for the best finish of his fledgling career as he sat three strokes behind leaders Sungjae Im and Keith Mitchell.
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