Ponting the Golfer!

Updated: May 01, 2011, 13:49 PM IST

Melbourne: In the twilight of his cricket career, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting could be seen swinging a golf club next summer as he might be given a sponsor`s exemption in one of the major tournaments.

According to a report in the `Daily Telegraph`, "Ponting`s reputation as a supreme golfer has made him a candidate for a sponsor`s exemption in one of next season`s key tournaments.`

The Tasmanian, who stepped down from captaincy after Australia`s semifinal exit from the World Cup last month, was reportedly told by nine-time Major winner Gary Player: "The way you hit the ball, you`re wasting your time playing cricket."

PGA of Australia`s southern division executive officer

Nick Thornton said the 36-year-old could be given an invite the moment he decides to take up golf full-time.

"We don`t want to take him out of our Test line-up just yet, and we don`t want to take away opportunities for up-and-coming players, but it would be great for golf in Australia for someone like Ricky Ponting to play in one of our events," said Thornton.

"It certainly would create a lot of interest for one of those tournaments, so that is something we are always interested in."