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Johnny Manziel plans to tee it up on the PGA Tour

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Johnny Manziel has revealed that he is aiming to become a pro golfer and has given himself 12 years to complete the task.

The former NFL quarterback is now 28-years-old and outlined his plans on the “Green Light with Chris Long” podcast, which he admitted will be a “very uphill battle”.

“I’m giving myself 12 years to try to play professional golf. I’m gonna grind this out and see how good I can get and see if I can’t enter in some tournaments and see if I can’t go play professional golf eventually. I think it is a very uphill battle, but that’s what I’m setting for my goals. I have 12 years to try and make a PGA Tour event.”

Manziel, who is currently playing in a fan controlled football league, revealed on social media last year that he is a 2 handicap and even won a long drive competition at a charity golf classic in 2020 with a recorded drive of 356 yards.

Check out Manziel’s swing below and let us know in the comments how you rate his chances of one day competing in a PGA Tour event!

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  1. Rascal

    Mar 7, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    I can hear Jerry Rice laughing from here.

  2. Dyson Bochambeau

    Mar 3, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I think Johnny should be working at the snack bar

  3. Specialized Bike

    Mar 3, 2021 at 3:06 am

    “Needs to work on posture?” Really? More like he needs to work on his addictions!

  4. Steve C

    Mar 2, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    This “Clown” was successful in college only because he was good enough to NOT have to work to be better. Commitment to improvement is a concept beyond his personal skillset. This is a fact he has proven numerous times since cheating the Cleveland Browns out of millions of dollars. And giving himself twelve years??? He’ll be 40 years old competing against guys, some of who will be, twenty years his junior. I imagine his comments were more of a “Hey everybody, look at me, look at me!”

  5. [email protected]

    Mar 2, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    johnny can do it good luck myfriend

  6. Capper

    Mar 2, 2021 at 6:06 am

    Like the swing , needs to work on posture though .

  7. Dixon Diaz

    Mar 1, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Better swing than 95% of the Ping swingers I see with vanity scratch handicaps.

  8. Gunter Eisenberg

    Mar 1, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    PGA Tour!??! No way. Champions Tour…maybe.

  9. Ben

    Mar 1, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Johnny Football becoming Johnny Golfer? I think not. PGA pros are more like +8. Mark Mulder who’s an incredible golfer for a non pro had no shot either.

  10. phizzy

    Mar 1, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    PGA Tour pros are +4 handicap on average. No way Manziel makes it on tour as a full time member. Also, I hit a drive 345 yards last Monday. My point is that many golfers can hit over 300 but barely have the ability to shoot under par.

    • Ben

      Mar 1, 2021 at 8:17 pm

      They’re better than +4. I was a +4 and failed q school 3 times and every Monday qualifier I tried. Johnny is a 2. He can get there with the right focus and training. He acknowledged it’s an uphill battle. I personally don’t see it happening though. The guys who don’t make it are so much better than when I tried a decade and a half ago.

    • b.mattay

      Mar 2, 2021 at 12:34 pm

      I second that they are way better than +4. I can play local weekend money games with guys who are +3 to +6!

  11. Jazzpants

    Mar 1, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    If he doesn’t drink heavily now, he will.

    • phizzy

      Mar 1, 2021 at 8:11 pm

      As Dr. Evil says……”How bout NO”
      Not even on his best day could he compete with the big boys on tour.

  12. Carolyn

    Mar 1, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    For now I hope he knows a 2 handicapper would be lucky to break 90 on a course setup for a PGA event.

  13. Nope

    Mar 1, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    I’d put my money on Romo first.

  14. Jmacgolf

    Mar 1, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    LMAO!

  15. Tom

    Mar 1, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Well good luck. If he works hard enough maybe.

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This rookie’s exit from Augusta National is sure to make you smile

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Will Zalatoris led the way of this year’s rookies at the Masters, but another man making his first appearance at Augusta went about his business under the radar and also very effectively.

Robert Macintyre had already finished T6 on his major debut at the 2019 Open Championship, and when he drove down Magnolia Lane last week, the Scot made sure it was an experience shared with his native land. As you can see from the following video.

Rounds of 74,70, and 70 followed as Macintyre adjusted quickly to the test, and with the top-12 and ties receiving an invite to the 2022 Masters, all was to play for on the final day.

The 24-year-old made bogeys on 16 and 17 on Sunday at the Masters, meaning he needed a birdie on the last for a T12 finish. Macintyre knocked his approach to 12 feet and poured in his putt to ensure he’d be back next year.

Was he pleased? I think the following video from Macintyre driving out of the Augusta National premises tells you everything you need to know!

 

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Gary Player’s son ‘banned from the Masters’ for perceived guerrilla marketing

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As the cameras focused on Lee Elder during last week’s honorary starter’s ceremony at Augusta, Gary Player’s son, Wayne, stood directly behind the 86-year-old displaying a sleeve of OnCore golf balls.

Golf fans on social media were outraged by what they had seen and accused Wayne Player of deliberate guerrilla marketing during a moment where the focus was on the first black man to play in the Masters.

According to Wayne’s estranged brother, Marc, Augusta National has since taken action and banned Player, Jr. for the incident.

During Thursday’s opening ceremony, Wayne Player was seen holding the OnCore balls, a company which his father Gary has been an ambassador for since 2018, in several shots during Elder’s introduction.

In response to the criticism, Wayne told Golf Digest that there was “zero intent” in his actions during the ceremony, saying:

“The only thought from that point was that it would be cool for fans to know what ball my dad was teeing off with. That’s where it ends. If I’ve hurt people’s feelings then I’m truly sorry and hope they will forgive me.”

OnCore also told the publication that they did not ask or instruct Wayne Player to visibly display a sleeve of balls next to Lee Elder.

Per Wayne’s brother, Marc Player, his sibling has since been banned from Augusta National and the Masters, who responded to a tweet from CBS’ Kyle Porter on social media saying:

“Agreed. Wayne has since correctly been banned from Augusta National and The Masters tournament. What a shame. What an embarrassment. What a bad decision to allow him on the first tee after years of similar shenanigans. My apologies to all.”

It’s yet another controversy for Wayne Player, who was arrested in 2019 on fraud charges surrounding a rental agreement for a house at the 2018 Masters.

 

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Billy Horschel issues apology after slamming clubs at the Masters

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Billy Horschel suffered an eventful weekend at Augusta National, twice finding Rae’s Creek on the 13th hole and twice deciding to play his shot from the water.

On Sunday, Horschel’s barefooted effort from the creek did not work out – failing to extricate himself from trouble after two attempts before racking up a triple-bogey 8 on the hole.

The frustration got the better of Billy, who was then filmed angrily slamming his clubs into his bag while also featuring in many hot mic moments on Sunday.

 

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The incident drew plenty of attention from golf fans, and on Sunday evening, Horschel addressed the subject on his social media sites, where he apologized to ANGC, the patrons and members for his conduct.

“I am and have always been a fiery competitor. That will never change. I try and conduct myself to the highest level everyday. I support and congratulate my fellow playing partners on a regular basis throughout the round. Unfortunately, the fire inside me sometimes runs hot when I’m not getting the most out of my game. 

This leads to some instances (fewer as I get older) where my conduct is not what I wish to show, especially as a role model to the younger generation. As my fellows tour pros know, Augusta National can drive any sane person crazy with swirling winds and green complexes! 

I apologize to Augusta National, the Members of the Club and to the patrons for any conduct that may have crossed the line. I am always trying to improve and do better; as a golfer, husband, father, or as a human being. 

I am a perfectionist at heart, always striving for perfection, knowing that it is not truly attainable but understanding that striving for perfection will ultimately make me better in the long run. Hopefully, some runs are shorter than others!”

While the 34-year-old lost his cool on Sunday at the 13th, he did find the funny side of things when slipping down a slope in preparation for his next shot a day prior – an incident that also clearly amused Phil Mickelson!

 

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It’s worth noting that his shot from Rae’s creek on Saturday was spectacular and led to a par.

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