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NFL Kicker challenges Tiger Woods to money match



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.


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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.



  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 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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The Gear Dive WITB Edition: Ping Tour rep Kenton Oates talks Viktor Hovland



In this WITB Edition of The Gear Dive, Johnny chats with Ping Tour rep Kenton Oates on the ins and outs of Puerto Rico Open Champion Viktor Hovland’s golf bag.

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

They also cover Jim Wells Putters and the legendary Ping Eye 2 wedge.

Viktor Hovland WITB

Driver: Ping G410 LST (9 degrees @ 8.5; flat standard, CG shifter in draw)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Black 6.5 (44.5 inches, D3 swing weight)

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees @ 14.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV 85 TX

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (21 degrees), Ping i210 (4-PW)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-85 X Hybrid (21), KBS Tour 120 X (4-PW)

  • Standard length, .5 degrees flat, D2+

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (50-SS, 56-SS @ 55, 60-TS)

  • 50SS (35.25 inches, 1-degree flat, D3, “Half Moon” Grind)
  • 56SS (35 inches, 1.5-degree flat, D3+)
  • 60TS (34.75 inches, 2-degrees flat, D4)

Shafts: KBS Tour-V 130 X

Putter: Ping PLD Prototype “Hovi”

  • 36″, 20-degree lie, 2.5-degree loft, stepped shaft

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride MCC White/Black 58R

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The Wedge Guy: Realistic expectations



(Today’s post is one I actually wrote nearly eight years ago, but I’m using it to start a series about “thinking your way to better golf.” I hope you enjoy the next few weeks.)

One of the great regrets of my life is that I missed the fatherhood experience, never having had children of my own. As I get older, I find that I gravitate to the younger folks, and offer my help whenever I can, whether on the golf course, on the water fishing, or just life in general. One of my joys is working with younger kids on their golf. That includes instruction, of course, but what I think is more important for them in the developmental stages is to learn to manage
their expectations. Actually, we all could benefit from that bit of advice.

On Sunday, I had the joy of playing with the 16-year-old son of one of our partners at SCOR Golf. Kyle is a tremendously talented young man who I’ve worked with quite a bit, but he really hasn’t committed himself to golf yet. I’m talking about the kind of commitment that keeps him working hard at it as long as there is daylight. He might not ever get that, and that’s OK, but he hasn’t figured out yet that your expectations can only rise from your achievements, and not from your desires.

On a core level, Kyle has great strength but hasn’t learned to harness it yet. He wants to choose his clubs based on his maximum distance with that club—if everything falls exactly into place. Like most golfers, and especially young ones,
he’s enamored with the power game. When we play, I show him that throttling back and controlling the shot is much more reliable.

What I discovered Sunday is that Kyle has very unrealistic expectations about what a round of golf should really be like. He, like most of us, expects all the shots to be struck solidly and fly like he imagined. So I explained that he hasn’t
earned the right to have such expectations yet. His scores average around 90-95 and his best ever is an 85.

So, here’s my point (finally)

Kyle was off to a good start with three pars and two bogeys in his first five holes. He kind of “fat-pulled” a 4-iron approach on a 200-plus yard par three. His shot left him only 10-15 yards short and left of the green, but he wheeled around, dropped his club and expressed his disgust with the shot. And I got on him about it. “What’s wrong with that? It’s a difficult par-3 with a 20 mph crosswind and you are in good position to get up and down or at least make no worse than bogey on one of the hardest holes on the course.”

I went on to explain that he was only two pars away from tying his best round ever, and if he just played for bogeys – and stay excited—he would probably make twice that many or more. And I seemed to get through to him of the reality
of golf, or his golf at least. He stayed in the moment, with only a little more cajoling from me, and shot an 86—one shot off his best ever! And I MADE him congratulate himself on his accomplishments. Instead of focusing on those few
shots that were bad, and the 2-3 doubles he made, I told him to focus on the good that came out of that round.

So, here’s my point (or points) for managing your expectations, too.

  1. If you are a low single-digit player, you’ll still only hit 2-3 shots a round just like you wanted.
  2. If you play to a 12 or higher, any shot that keeps you in the game isn’t really all that bad.
  3. Regardless of your skill level, there is no such thing as a “birdie hole” when you are standing on the tee. A “birdie hole” can only be claimed when you have executed an approach to makeable putt range.
  4. If you are a 12-15 handicap player, you only need to make 3-6 pars to beat your handicap, as long as you don’t chop up any holes. Bogeys are good scores unless you regularly shoot in the 70s!

So, the next time you are on the golf course, try to set and manage realistic expectations. Your golf will be better for it, and you’ll have a ton more fun.

NOTE: I read a great article this morning by Geoff Ogilvy about the quality of golf being played on the PGA Tour. It reflects what I’ve often said about how the modern tour professional plays the game. Here it is.

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Mondays Off: Does Viktor Hovland deserve a Masters invite for his win?



Viktor Hovland won a side event in Puerto Rico against a limited field, so does he deserve the Masters invite? We can’t have a show without talking about Partick Reed. He got a huge win at the WGC Mexico and was it a revenge win against the media? Knudson was out on the range testing some new gear.

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