Essential Golf: A passion for the Game

Which Professional Athletes Enjoy Teeing It Off?

Which Professional Athletes Enjoy Teeing It Off?

Golf is a sport that professional athletes from other sports enjoy playing. It’s not uncommon to find the big names in major leagues like the NBA, MLB, and NFL unwinding on the golf course during their off-season or after retirement. Celebrity pro-am tournaments offer such stars a chance to showcase their skills on the course while teeing it up against the crème de la crème in golf.

The surprising fact is that some of these non-golfer pros are quite good at swinging a club. For starters, they have the core strength to execute long-ball drives and are already accustomed to the focus, dedication, and training required to excel at golf. Additionally, most pro athletes retire in their mid-30s and have all the time and money to hire top pros and practice on the driving ranges and fairways.

Top 10 Pro Athletes Who Are Also Great Golfers

Michael Jordan

Basketball fans will agree that Michael Jordan is one of the best gifts to ever grace the sport, but a little-known fact is that the man also enjoys other sports. Jordan is an avid golf lover who has teed it up with elite golfers like Tiger Woods and enjoys hanging out with PGA TOUR players like Rickie Fowler. Additionally, the legendary athlete is the brains behind the annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational golf tournament.

Stephen Curry

Steph Curry further cements the close relationship between golf and basketball. The star boasts an impressive NBA record considering that he is the finest three-point shooter in history. It seems that the same exemplary motor skills on the basketball court make Curry a great golfer, seeing that he has recorded outstanding performances at the Ellie Mae Classic pro tournament and celebrity pro-am tournaments. In recent days, a clip has gone viral of Curry sinking a hole-in-one during the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.

Tony Romo

Retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has never shied off from showcasing his love for golf. Romo, now a sportscaster, never misses a chance to hit the course and has been a regular face on the celebrity circuit for the last few years. Notable moments include being paired with Tiger Woods at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and participating in PGA TOUR events like the 2019 Safeway Open.

John Smoltz

John Smoltz terrorized many opponents during his heydays as a baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. Even after exiting from the pitch, it seems that his hand-eye coordination remained intact, seeing that the man is now a very good golfer. Smoltz even qualified for the 2018 U.S. Senior Open and has made several starts on the Champions Tour.

Tom Brady

On top of being arguably the best NFL quarterback to ever do it, Tom Brady is also a dedicated golf lover. In 2020, at the height of the Covid Pandemic, the star paired with Phil Mickelson to face off against Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in a two-on-two fund-raising showdown. Brady has played against many celebrities, including retired U.S. president Donald Trump.