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At Pebble [during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am], they clap if you hit a good shot, so you have to

be a little more on your game there. – AARON RODGERS

their element. They are tough competitors. Previously, I played with Jim Furyk, and Jim has an incredible ability to be walking and talking, and then get in the moment with Fluff (his caddie) and dial up his shot and hit it the way he wants to. It’s impressive seeing those guys play at a high level. •••

What is the best golf tip you’ve received? I have got a lot of swing thoughts in my mind. I’ve been working a lot on tempo—trying to time up my upper body with my lower body. My arms get in front of my body and the ball goes all over the place. •••

inconsistent. I’ve been making some swing changes. I’m semifanatical about it. I fi lm myself on my phone and have an app where I can compare my swing to other guys’ swings, and compare my swing to previous swings. I think I have an idea of what I want my swing to look like, but it is a matter of trying to get it to that point. •••

How often do you get the chance to play? I play a lot. When we are done in the off- season, I like to start around 2 p.m. or so and play as much as I can. ••• Your off-season starts with the AT&T? Yeah, and then I put the clubs away after the Tahoe Celebrity Shootout. I don’t really play the rest of the year, so I’ve got about a six- month window. •••

Are there any

similarities between playing the game of golf and playing quarterback? It takes the same kind of focus. I am a lot more comfortable with the job that I get paid to do. I know where the ball is going. I know what it feels like every single time. Out here, you can play one day and feel great— and the next day you have no idea where the ball is going. It’s just trying to fi nd a way to grind it out. You have to be mentally tough like you are in football. ••• You grew up in Northern California. What are some of your favorite places to play in Northern California? Bidwell Park Golf Course— the course I grew up play- ing in Chico. They had a $4 junior rate until you were 18. So, between my sophomore,

Who comprises your dream four- some? I’ve said a bunch of different

ones in the past, but for right now, I’ll stick with the football guys. I’ll take two cur-

junior and senior years, we played a ton. Other than that, I always wanted to play Pebble Beach, and I got to play it the last couple of years. I played Cypress Point once—that was amazing. I’m a member at Canyon Oaks now in Chico, and that’s an incredible course. So that is kind of where I play. •••

What’s it like to play in a professional golf tournament? The fans at the AT&T are a lot more trusting than the fans in Tahoe—they stand a little closer to you. At Pebble, they clap if you hit a good shot, so you have to be a little more on your game there. But it’s fun to see the pros in

rent teammates and a former teammate. I’ll take Brett Goode, John Kuhn and Mark

Tauscher. Those are the guys I play with a lot. We play fast, we talk some trash and we have a good time. ••• You led Butte College to the No. 2 ranking in the nation before transferring to Cal for your sophomore year. What is your favorite football memo- ry from your two seasons at Cal? Winning two big games. We beat Stanford twice, so those are probably two of the best memories. ••• You waited three years after you were drafted by Green Bay before you got the chance to start in the NFL.

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