This OP is about what it takes to be #1, so how are you expected to achieve this if you are not trying your hardest at all times. Wouldnt your sponsors expect this? (unless injured of course)
No, your sponsors would like you to win majors with the maximum brand exposure.
"Golf is a sport that pros play for a living (job) and golf is a "club and ball sport" in which you use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible".
Shouldnt the goal of playing the game be that you prepare yourself accordingly to achieve this?
Yes, for the majors.
I work for my clients and work to agreed outcomes in certain time frames. So am I working my hardest every single moment NO - but am I providing the best outcome in the agreed time YES.
Could you not have worked harder at times to find more clients? Do you work harder for the bigger money contracts?
YES but Sponsors want as much exposure as they can get- being highest ranked brings that and its not always about the majors. The majors do help for sure. There have been many major winners that drop off the earth never to be seen again on TV. Players need to be in contention (or Tiger) as much as possible so they get camera time.= happy sponsors.
RE: contracts I live and die by my clients being happy with my work. If they are not I dont have them for long and creates a bad rap in this small industry. Working harder or not to get more clients is my choice in the end, as I dictate how much work I want to take on. I dont get paid until I secure work.
Q: Would or do I work harder for bigger contracts. A: I work as hard as needed to get the job over the line. is The Win
ie Id do my preparation as best as I can to win that job a major or not.
Q: Do you expect the Aussie cricket or Rugby team to not prepare before a big match or any match in that case? Do you want to see the players that are not prepared to be there playing?