Melbourne: Cricketer Ricky Ponting may soon become a golfer. In the twilight of his cricket career, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting could be seen swinging a golf club in next summer as he might be given a sponsor's exemption in one of the major tournaments here.

According to a leading newspaper, "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.”

Ponting who resigned 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," Thornton said.