Aaron Rodgers’ golf handicap branded ‘absolute C**P’ by pro players after he was given an extra SEVEN shots for Pebble Beach Pro-Am because he ‘hadn’t played since July’… only for Packers star to go and win by one shot!
The PGA Tour’s Keith Mitchell has branded Aaron Rodgers playing off a handicap of 10 ‘absolute c**p’ after the Packers quarterback won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California over the weekend.
Rodgers, competing alongside Canada’s Ben Silverman, had a one-shot victory over Peter Malnati and Don Colleran. Mitchell and Josh Allen, the Buffalo Bills quarterback, were four shots back in the end.
Rodgers is registered with a three handicap at his home course – Green Bay Country Club – according to Sports Illustrated, but all players got a boost to take into account the nature of the course.
Mitchell was asked about the standings on the Sunday, when he and Allen were a shot behind Rodgers and bad weather meant their third round was unable to completed, prompting fears it could curtail the Pro-Am.
‘I think Josh and I won. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t count,’ Mitchell said, firmly. ‘His handicap was c**p.
Aaron Rodgers won the Pebble Beach PGA Tour Pro-Am with Ben Silverman this weekend
Rodgers played off a 10 handicap but is registered as a three at his home course in Green Bay
‘I haven’t looked. I think we were, on 18 we might have been up there. But if we finish second to Aaron I consider us winning the trophy.’
Rodgers, meanwhile, was delighted with his win and had said that he hadn’t played golf once during the football season and that the last time he’d picked up a golf club was in July.
‘It’s really significant. It’s always been on my bucket list,’ said Rodgers, who has played the event nine times.
‘I played in Tahoe for 18 years and never really sniffed higher than like eighth. But I felt good about the partnership this week. Ben’s such a great guy. I knew we were going to have fun.’
It seems golf was a welcome distraction for Rodgers as he considers his next move in football.
The Packers failed to reach the playoffs after a final day defeat by the Detroit Lions and Rodgers, 39, said afterwards that he was weighing up whether to retire.
It has since emerged that the Packers would be open to trading Rodgers if he does play on.
If Rodgers does retire, it would be another major blow for the sport after Tom Brady called it a day last week.
Rodgers is currently considering his football future after the Packers failed to make playoffs
The 39-year-old hinted he could retire in the aftermath of the Packers’ loss to Detroit Lions