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Johnny Manziel’s golf career already off to an adventurous start

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Earlier this year, Johnny Manziel made clear on his ambitions to play golf at the professional level. His first official competition, the Texas State Open, marked a fun opportunity for the former Heisman winning quarterback.

The tournament is being held in Manziel’s hometown of Tyler, Texas at the Cascades Club, a course that he has played countless times. With that being said, things got off to a rather inauspicious start for the former Cleveland Browns quarterback.

That’s right, Manziel was apparently unaware that he was supposed to wear pants, and he was forced to sacrifice any warm-up time to find some.

Beginning his round on the back nine, the former first round NFL draft pick somehow managed a two-over par 37. Unfortunately, the wheels came off on his second nine with a 42 that included three double bogeys. Manziel then backed up the opening round with a 75 and sits 5 shots adrift of second last plce.

Manziel remained optimistic, however, telling Tyler Morning Telegraph:

“It was great being on the home track. I had it going for awhile and just struggled on the front nine and just didn’t play the way I wanted to. It’s a good first experience for me and had to start somewhere, and this is a great place to do it back home.”

While the on-course product was less than stellar, it’s hard to knock the former football star’s attitude.

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Collin Morikawa makes surprising late putter switch at Masters

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Collin Morikawa has had plenty of success with a blade in his hands over the course of his young career, but after a lean spell on the greens lately, it appears that the 27-year-old is ready to try something new.

The California-native began the year with his TaylorMade TP Soto before switching to a Logan Olson proto last month. Now at this week’s Masters, Morikawa has been spotted with a Spider Tour X, the same flatstick that Scottie Scheffler will be using at Augusta.

The move would represent a big change, but it has been a very frustrating year on the greens for Morikawa, who will hope the TaylorMade mallet can offer him a similar upturn in fortune to that of Scheffler. In 2024, Morikawa ranks 164th for Strokes Gained: Putting, and 157th for Total Putting.

We’ll keep an eye whether Morikawa puts the mallet into action on day one of the Masters.

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Dave Portnoy places monstrous outright bet for the 2024 Masters

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Fresh off of winning $2.76 million on UConn’s victory over Purdue on Monday night, Barstool Sports’ founder Dave Portnoy has just placed a massive bet for this year’s Masters.

Tweeting on Wednesday morning, Portnoy revealed that he has placed $300,000 on Scottie Scheffler to win this year’s Masters at odds of +450.

Should he win, that’d be a total payout of $1.65 million.

Scheffler is one of the shortest priced favorites of recent times at the Masters, and is looking for what would be his third win in his last four events.

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Brooks Koepka was asked if a 59 was possible at this year’s Masters. His answer did not disappoint

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During Brooks Koepka’s pre-tournament press conference for this week’s Masters Tournament, the five-time major champion was asked a bit of a silly question and gave a brilliant response.

Q. It sounds like the course is already pretty dialed this week, but under softer or optimal scoring conditions do you think 59 is obtainable on this golf course?

BROOKS KOEPKA: Have you played here?

Q. Not yet.

BROOKS KOEPKA: I can tell by the question.

Q. What number is attainable in your mind? 63’s the low.

BROOKS KOEPKA: I mean, now, anything’s attainable. But, yeah, if you want to go play the members tees and maybe play like 15 holes, yeah, I could do that.

With the course record being 63, it’s somewhat unclear why the reporter thought a soft golf course would be enough to result in a score four shots better than the record.

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