Roger's passion for golf started with an unorthodox introduction to the sport. In the downtime, while shooting clay pigeons, Roger would collect the used shotgun casings and hit them with a golf club. This is where Roger developed his uncanny accuracy. Unless Roger hit the casing squarely, it wouldn't fly straight. It wasn't long before Roger was bitten by the golf bug and needed to get out and hit some balls for real.
Roger started playing golf in Barbados, at the Sandy Lane Golf Club, when he was 13 years old. His first mentor was Mike 'Daddy' Foster. Mike was the Island's junior leader and managed to give Roger the guidance he needed to get a great start with golf.
Roger continued with golf while studying at Lynn University in Florida. He walked onto the golf course and competed for a position with the university golf team. After winning a spot on the team, Roger was granted a scholarship to complete his studies. This was the start of Roger's competitive golf career.
In order to gain professional golf experience, Roger worked as a golf pro in Boca Raton, Florida. This is just one small example how Roger has dedicated himself to the sport of golf. In Boca Raton, Roger was able to develop an understanding of golf that goes way beyond just playing.
One of the main golf events that Roger helped organize was the Greg Norman L.E.A.F. Charity Tournament. This gave Roger a great opportunity to meet Greg Norman, who was Roger's golf idol at the time. It didn't hurt that Greg Norman was number one in the world.
Since his time as a golf pro in Boca Raton, Roger has improved his level of play to a point where he has competed in the Samsung CPGA Championship 2003 and was a member of the Canadian Tour 2005 and represented Barbados in the World Cup of Golf 2006.
"The first time I played the Masters, I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life."
- Chi Chi Rodriguez