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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: Mike Yagley and Chad DeHart of Cobra Golf



In this episode of The Gear Dive, Johnny chats with Mike Yagley and Chad DeHart of Cobra Golf Innovation on Cobra Connect, new ways to evaluate good play, and the future of golf improvement.

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Mondays Off: U.S. Open wrap-up | Steve plays against the new assistant pro



Would Woodland have won the U.S. Open if he had to hit driver on the 18th hole? Knudson doesn’t think so. Steve loved the U.S. Open, but he didn’t really love the commentator crew. Also, Steve tees it up with the new second assistant pro at the club, how did he do?

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The Wedge Guy: What’s your short game handicap?



Well, that was a U.S. Open for the ages, in my book. Hallowed Pebble Beach held its own against the best players in the world and proved that small greens can really give these guys fits. Kudos and congratulations to Gary Woodland for putting on quite a show and outlasting all the others. And to Brooks Koepka for giving us reason to believe a three-peat could really happen.

To me, of course, what stands out is how Woodland elevated his short game for this event. Coming in he was ranked something like 165th on tour in greenside saves but went 16-for-20 last week. Of course, that also means he hit 52 of those small greens in regulation, which certainly outdistanced most of the field. Justin Rose was putting on a scrambling clinic for three days, but his inability to hit fairways and greens finally did him in. So that brings me to today’s topic – an honest assessment of your own “short game handicap.” Regardless of skill level, I have long believed that the key to better scoring is the same for us as for these tour-elite players – improving your ability to get up-and-down.

Almost all reasonably serious golfers have a handicap, just to allow us to keep track of our overall improvement with our golf games. But wouldn’t it be more useful if that handicap was such that it told us where we could improve the most? Unfortunately, that’s not the purpose of the USGA handicap program, so I’ve devised my own “Short Game Handicap” calculation to help golfers understand that this is where they are most likely going to improve their scoring.

The premise of my short game handicapping formula is the notion that once we get inside short iron range, the physical differences between golfers is increasingly neutralized. For most of us, our physical skills and abilities will never let us hit drives and longer approach shots like the best players. But I believe anyone can learn to execute good quality chips and pitches, and even full swing wedge and short iron shots. It really doesn’t matter whether your full-swing 9-iron goes 140 or 105, if you can execute shots from there on into the green, you can score better than you do now.

So, the starting point is to know exactly where you stand in relation to “par” when you are inside scoring range…regardless of how many strokes it took you to get there. Once your ball is inside that range where you can reach the flag with a comfortable full-swing 9-iron or less, you should be able to get up and down in 3 strokes or fewer almost all the time. In fact, I think it is a realistic goal for any golfer to get down in two strokes more often than it takes more than three, regardless of your skill level.

So, let’s start with understanding what this kind of scoring range skill set can do for your average score. I created this exercise as a starting point, so I’m encouraging you guys and ladies to chime in with your feedback.

What was your last (or typical) 18 hole score? ______

_____ Number of times you missed a green with a 9-iron or less
_____ Number of times you got up and down afterward
_____ Number of other holes where you hit a chip or pitch that ended up more than 10’ from the cup

Subtract #2 from #1, then add 1/2 of #3. That total ______ is your short game handicap under this formula. [NOTE: The logic of #3 is that you can learn to make roughly 1/2 of your putts under 10 feet, so improving your ability to hit chips and pitches inside that range will also translate to lower scores.]

I believe this notion of a short game handicap is an indication of how many shots can potentially come off your average scores if you give your short game and scoring clubs the attention they deserve.

I would like to ask all of you readers to do this simple calculation and share with the rest of us what you find out.

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