As the pre-Super Bowl hype percolates in its early stages this week, just days before the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots arrive in Atlanta to prepare for “The Big Game,” we ask a simple question.
“Who in Super Bowl LIII would you most like to play a round of golf with?”
This year’s participants present some intriguing options – some for their obvious fame, others for their not-so-obvious quirks related to golf, including:
Tom Brady – New England’s “GOAT” quarterback is an avid player with a solid game (at last check an 8 handicap) and is a regular participant in celebrity pro-ams. And as you’d correctly assume, he gets to routinely hobnob on the course with society’s elite, including former presidents. How much would you relish the chance to tee it up with a five-time Super Bowl champ?
Jared Goff – Brady’s quarterbacking counterpart with the Rams has had quite the season in leading his team to its first Super Bowl appearance since 2002. But while Goff has a great shot at defeating his rival on the gridiron and loves to play golf in his off time, the two signal callers’ golf games don’t really compare. How much better is Brady than Goff on the links? Let’s put it this way: Charles Barkley isn’t calling out Brady any time soon on his golf game, as Sir Charles did with Goff after joining him at the bottom of the standings in the American Century Championship.
Tony Romo – OK, we know he’s no longer playing, but he’ll be in Atlanta offering Super Bowl color analysis alongside CBS broadcast partner (and lead television voice of The Masters) Jim Nantz. But when he’s not busy these days on the air, correctly predicting how plays will unfold just seconds before they happen, Romo’s putting in some serious work with the sticks at a competitive level. He has tried multiple times to qualify for the U.S. Open, and as recently as this past September attempted to qualify for the Web.com Tour through its qualifying school tournament.
For our money, though, we’ll go with a non-quarterback option: Rams offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth (pictured, left). A self-proclaimed 6 handicap, Whitworth is arguably the best golfer on the Rams’ roster who’s gotten some in-studio swing advice from Golf Channel, and even some playing tips from PGA TOUR pro and fellow LSU alum Smylie Kaufman. But maybe even cooler than seeing in-person a 6-foot-7, 340-pound behemoth striping it down the fairway would be the chance to hang with a really cool dude who gives back to help others frequently. Whether through donating a game check to help families of mass shooting victims, giving thousands of dollars and books to foster childhood literacy or helping his local community on an ongoing basis through his Big Whit 77 Foundation, Whitworth’s our Super Bowl choice for spending quality time on the links.