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NFL Kicker challenges Tiger Woods to money match

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NFL Kicker Josh Scobee of the Jacksonville Jaguars challenged Tiger Woods to a money match — worth $100,000 per hole — on Wednesday after Woods’ recent announcement.

A few Tiger supporters, who most likely took Scobee’s joke a bit too seriously, came to Tiger’s defense.

Scobee, who actually carries a +3 handicap, responded to his followers, reminding them he challenged Woods out of jest.

While Scobee’s Tweet may have been soaked in sarcasm, Tiger doesn’t usually take challenges to his golf game very lightly. Remember what happened to Stephen Ames?

As a current member of the Jaguars, here’s the Tweet everyone knew was coming, but had to be said.

Ouch

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Forsbrand

    Feb 20, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Scobee and European tour player Steve Webster are the same guy?

  2. Flow

    Feb 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Considering Tiger can’t break 80 anymore and can’t finish a round. Scobee might have a good chance.

    • leo

      Feb 17, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      ridiculous have you ever played golf with a pga tour player.as a former playing professional let me tell you this guys tweet,obviously a joke,and your comment are absurd.most scratch amateur golfers could not break 80 many couldn’t break 85 on a pga tour course under tournement conditions and course set up and if a tour player went to a typical public or country club course they would shoot so low it would knock your socks off.i have played many rounds with tour players where they shot 59 or 60 on regular courses shoot 68 or 69 and you will get killed.if they had usga handicaps tour players would be in the +6 to +8 range .if this match was ever played the kicker would lose a million bucks

  3. leftright

    Feb 17, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I think it was a foolish gesture on the kicker’s part even if he was joking. It sounded kind of in your face, not really sarcastic. That being said, I believe this guy could probably play Tiger “at this moment” even up on the kicker’s home course “1 time” and he might get lucky. The kicker is a +3, his home course, Tiger is struggling but you can’t forget the heebee jeebee factor, the kicker might get them when Tiger looks at him and he might shoot 80 or he might not, depends on him I guess.

    • leo

      Feb 17, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      no way. tiger would beat him soundly every time on any course . on a pga tour course with a tourney set up tiger would destroy him every time .it would be like a good high school kicker kicking in the nfl

  4. golferjack

    Feb 17, 2015 at 2:35 am

    The rubber match could go in his favor tho’

  5. golferjack

    Feb 17, 2015 at 2:34 am

    I think he is joking, but if not he would get destroyed. An out of sorts Tiger would still easily beat a +3 handicapper.

  6. Taylor

    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    This is pathetic. People have no clue how good pros actually are. These “+3” golfers have handicaps on the same course they’ve played a thousand times in a row. Let’s not forget if it wasn’t for hitting a flag stick last year, Tiger was a legit threat to win the Masters. Only thing Scobee has going for him is he has a lot of time to play golf since the jags never sniff the playoffs. Tiger has the equivalent of 12 super bowl rings in a sport in which you can’t rely on anyone else.

  7. Loki from Cantonment

    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Looks like Freddy Krueger might be Scobee’s dad.

  8. Andre

    Feb 15, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I thought it was funny!

  9. Jason

    Feb 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I’ll bet tiger could give this guy 5 per side and still win….even with his current struggles.

  10. Awedge333

    Feb 15, 2015 at 10:46 am

    This could save Back 9 TV!!

    Good humor…..

  11. jj

    Feb 15, 2015 at 1:00 am

    I would love to see the fooball meat head beat the little chip yip chump!

  12. Regan

    Feb 14, 2015 at 2:32 am

    +3 Handicap. Take into account the USGA hadicapping system, the ego, and the celebrity, and thats about a 5 handicap.

    • bunty

      Feb 15, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      yep. have routinely played with guests at my club who come over from the US and their handicaps are generous to say the least.

      • leftright

        Feb 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm

        Generous as in too low or generous as in too high? I played in Scotland in 91 and 95 and found I played pretty true to handicap except St Andrews where it was actually blowing to hard to play and cold, on June 8th. It was sort of goofy golf but I can say I played St Andrews and it was only 50 pounds, still have the VISA receipt.

  13. RG

    Feb 13, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I’m just amazed that there is a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars that can spell.

  14. Bob smith

    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    What a douchebag and ego. Donate your money to someone with more brains.

  15. slider

    Feb 13, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    kickers are weird don’t be mad at this guy

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Slow play is all about the numbers

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If you gather round, children, I’ll let you in on a secret: slow play is all about the numbers. Which numbers? The competitive ones. If you compete at golf, no matter the level, you care about the numbers you post for a hole, a round, or an entire tournament. Those numbers cause you to care about the prize at the end of the competition, be it a handshake, $$$$, a trophy, or some other bauble. Multiply the amount that you care, times the number of golfers in your group, your flight, the tournament, and the slowness of golf increases by that exponent.

That’s it. You don’t have to read any farther to understand the premise of this opinion piece. If you continue, though, I promise to share a nice anecdotal story about a round of golf I played recently—a round of golf on a packed golf course, that took a twosome exactly three hours and 10 minutes to complete, holing all putts.

I teach and coach at a Buffalo-area high school. One of my former golfers, in town for a few August days, asked if we could play the Grover Cleveland Golf Course while he was about. Grover is a special place for me: I grew up sneaking on during the 1970s. It hosted the 1912 U.S. Open when it was the Country Club of Buffalo. I returned to play it with Tom Coyne this spring, becoming a member of #CitizensOfACCA in the process.

Since my former golfer’s name is Alex, we’ll call him Alex, to avoid confusion. Alex and I teed off at 1:30 on a busy, sunny Wednesday afternoon in August. Ahead of us were a few foursomes; behind us, a few more. There may have been money games in either place, or Directors’ Cup matches, but to us, it was no matter. We teed it high and let it fly. I caught up on Alex’ four years in college, and his plans for the upcoming year. I shared with him the comings and goings of life at school, which teachers had left since his graduation, and how many classrooms had new occupants. It was barroom stuff, picnic-table conversation, water-cooler gossip. Nothing of dense matter nor substance, but pertinent and enjoyable, all the same.

To the golf. Neither one of us looked at the other for permission to hit. Whoever was away, at any given moment, mattered not a bit. He hit and I hit, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes within an instant of the other. We reached the putting surface and we putted. Same pattern, same patter. Since my high school golfers will need to choose flagstick in or out this year, we putted with it in. Only once did it impact our roll: a pounded putt’s pace was slowed by the metal shaft. Score one for Bryson and the flagstick-in premise!

Grover tips out around 5,600 yards. After the U.S. Open and the US Public Links were contested there, a healthy portion of land was given away to the Veteran’s Administration, and sorely-needed hospital was constructed at the confluence of Bailey, Lebrun, and Winspear Avenues. It’s an interesting track, as it now and forever is the only course to have hosted both the Open and the Publinx; since the latter no longer exists, this fact won’t change. It remains the only course to have played a par-6 hole in U.S. Open competition. 480 of those 620 yards still remain, the eighth hole along Bailey Avenue. It’s not a long course, it doesn’t have unmanageable water hazards (unless it rains a lot, and the blocked aquifer backs up) and the bunkering is not, in the least, intimidating.

Here’s the rub: Alex and I both shot 75 or better. We’re not certain what we shot, because we weren’t concerned with score. We were out for a day of reminiscence, camaraderie, and recreation. We golfed our balls, as they say in some environs, for the sheer delight of golfing our balls. Alex is tall, and hits this beautiful, high draw that scrapes the belly of the clouds. I hit what my golfing buddies call a power push. It gets out there a surprising distance, but in no way mimics Alex’ trace. We have the entire course covered, from left to right and back again.

On the 14th tee, I checked my phone and it was 3:40. I commented, “Holy smokes, we are at two hours for 13 holes.” We neither quickened nor slowed our pace. We tapped in on 18, right around 4:40, and shook hands. I know what he’s been up to. He understands why I still have a day job, and 18 holes of golf were played—because we both cared and didn’t care.

There you have it, children. Off with you, now. To the golf course. Play like you don’t care.

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Golfers: Go easy on yourselves!

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Heres a fact for you: nearly half of all golfers will never break 100, according to the National Golf Foundation. Less than that will ever break 90, and only five percent will ever break 80. Golf is not an easy game, so you shouldn’t beat yourself up about it. Period.

I’m not here to go all Zen golf on you; I can only speak from personal experience, but the moment you accept that, regardless of your ability to score, you can have a lot of fun, the more you will truly enjoy the game of golf.

When I first learned to play, like many, I was not very good. Everyone I played with was way better than me, and although I don’t remember a lot of those early rounds, I can remember moments of feeling embarrassed for my play. It wasn’t because of the people I was playing with, they were all very helpful and patient, but for some reason, I knew that I was not helping the group. It is those memories that allow me to make sure no matter who I play with now, I make them feel welcome on the course and help them any chance I can.

We all started somewhere, and regardless of how many rounds we have played or how low our handicaps have gotten, we need to be accepting that anyone that takes the time to try and play golf should be afforded the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game.

Even with my current level of play, the insecurities of being a newbie creep in from time to time, I never want to feel like I am the reason my group is being slow—although I must admit that with my normal pace of play that’s not usually an issue. I played a round very earlier in the year during a trip to Florida where I was paired with what I would call very regular golfers, players who generally break 100, but struggle with aspects of their game. Even then, just like when I was 10 years old, I was having a hard time out of a bunker one the second hole and after blading one into the pond on my second attempt (give me a break, it was my first round in four months), I just walked to the green, tended the flag, and told them I’d take my ESC (equitable stroke control) number for the hole. Thas describes my golf game, and I’m OK with that.

Too many golfers get caught up in how the pros play—from the tips, bombing drivers, expecting to make six birdies a round. Players on the PGA Tour are like the aliens from Space Jam (I just seriously dated myself) the Monstars. They have every skill imaginable, and get to do this for a living—you better believe they are going to be good at it. There is NO reason as a 10-15 handicap you should be slamming clubs and stomping your feet for missing a green from 150 yards. It’s just part of the game. Heck, even Rory McIlroy misses greens from time to time. Do you ever hit it like Rory?

Expectations are part of the human ego, and if we don’t manage them properly, we will always feel like we are inadequate. In reality, we should approach every challenge (even something as simple as golf) with the idea that today I have the opportunity to be great, but there is also the equal chance I will fail. We learn from failure, we improve after failure, and it’s not something we should be scared of.

No matter your score, make it fun, enjoy the day, embrace the challenge. Your expectations can make or break what to take from every round of golf you play, and if you think for a second this is the worst golf ever played—trust me it’s not. It’s just one round of many bad rounds played every day, and the next round is your next challenge. Honestly, you’re not as bad as you think you are.

Go easy on yourself. Golf is a lot more enjoyable that way.

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TG2: LPGA Tour caddie Chris McCalmont

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LPGA Tour caddie Chris McCalmont joins us to talk about his 12-year career as a caddie. How volatile the job market is, the money they make, and what he loves about caddying. Chris also makes some interesting comments on slow play and what can, and cannot, be done about it.

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

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