Chatting with America’s Caddie: Josh Scobee on mulligans in soccer and golf

So this NFL rookie kicker walks into a professional store …

Appears like the start of a joke, proper? But when a Josh Scobee film was ever made, that might be the very first golf scene.

At one level, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ all-time main scorer was the top-ranked golfer from one other sport. So he sat down and talked in regards to the similarities (and variations) between kicking and golf, the soccer mulligan he would really like and extra.

Collins: You have tried to qualify for the U.S. Open … When did golf turn out to be greater than only a passion for you?

Scobee: It most likely was round 2009. I used to be proper round scratch [meaning a low, low handicap] and had by no means performed a single event spherical. So I came upon about U.S. Open qualifying and I signed up not understanding what I used to be getting myself into. I signed up and regarded on the area that I used to be going to be competing in opposition to. I acknowledged a reputation in there — Brian Harman. He was taking part in proper behind me. And I am like, “Yeah, I feel he is [a] fairly good participant. I feel he is at Georgia.”

I feel I ended up taking pictures 81 — or one thing like that. And at that time, I used to be like, ” what? That wasn’t too dangerous for my first qualifying spherical.” Clearly that did not qualify.

Brian was one of many guys that ended up getting via. He was like 5 underneath. And that is after I figured that getting beat by 15 photographs might be not going to chop it. That was the primary one and I actually bought hooked on eager to do extra qualifiers.

Collins: However you began taking part in tournaments, too.

Scobee: I wished to play extra enjoyable tournaments, ones I knew that I had a chance to win. And the primary one which popped up was a event that [NFL quarterback] Drew Brees used to host out in San Diego. It was simply referred to as the “Movie star Championship.” I performed in it and bought into the ultimate pairing with [former MLB pitcher] Rick Rhoden and ended up successful the event by birdieing the final two holes to beat him by one. Then I gained the following 12 months, taking part in in opposition to [former tennis pro] Mardy Fish and [former MLB pitcher] Mark Mulder within the last [group]. In order that sort of bought my superstar golf mojo rolling.

Collins: Is there part of you that thinks about PGA Tour Champions if you’re 50?

Scobee: Oh, completely. I’ve eleven-plus years to consider that. On the identical time, I perceive how troublesome it will be as a result of it isn’t like these guys, as soon as they flip 50, are simply outdated and decrepit. These guys are nonetheless going out and taking pictures 5,6, 7 underneath of their sleep. As soon as I get to that age … yeah, I’ll aspire to do this.

By way of the PGA Tour? Completely not. There is not any aspiration or dream for that as a result of I’ve performed with them and in opposition to them right here in Jacksonville. Even the blokes which can be thought of on a second or third tier in comparison with the top-level tour gamers, these guys are succesful each single day of strolling out and taking pictures 8 underneath prefer it’s nothing. I’ve seen informal 64s and the occasional 9 or 10 underneath the place [the player] most likely left a pair photographs on the market. When I’ve my better of the perfect days, that is what it may be.

So attempting to compete in opposition to them at that prime of a stage and doing it on an precise tour on a week-to-week foundation will not be one thing that I aspire to do and even occupied with as a result of I understand how good these guys are.

Collins: Is there a soccer comparability?

Scobee: It will be like a center college kicker saying, “Yeah, I might go professional proper now in opposition to these guys. I can exit and make an NFL staff, make a distinction.” There’s simply an enormous hole.

Collins: How did golf discover you?

Scobee: I might say by the grace of God — and the grace [of] my spouse! I did not begin taking part in golf till I used to be a rookie within the NFL. And it was due to my spouse and her dad, who was a school golfer. He purchased me classes one 12 months for Christmas and simply bought me obsessive about it. Happily, getting drafted to the Jaguars meant I used to be in golf heaven right here in Jacksonville.

Collins: Do you know straight away that you just had been addicted?

Scobee: Oh, I knew straight away. I might need shot 110 that day, nevertheless it was one shot. I can keep in mind it.

I used to be taking part in with a buddy of mine at Windsor Parke Golf Membership in Jacksonville, that is the place I began taking part in golf. This group on a par-4 was letting us play via. After all, I pumped my ball within the woods on the appropriate. They’re ready on the aspect of the inexperienced for us to play via. I had about 150 yards from the bushes and I holed it! That was [the] shot the place I am like, “OK, this can be a lot of enjoyable.”

That shot made me need to come again the following day after [Jaguars] observe, then the following day after observe. It simply bought me obsessed. That is the fantastic thing about golf. It could actually take one shot that simply makes you need come again the following day.


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