Pebble Beach, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Five days after his Denver Broncos’ 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, quarterback Peyton Manning turned his attention to playing a round of golf at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
He was a late addition to the California tournament, committing only 48 hours after the Super Bowl.
Manning boasts a seven handicap but is a little rusty and found himself in the sand a handful of times over the last few days.
But his popularity here is immense and he’s clearly having fun with his fans.
“Lot of sports fans out here, golf fans, and as we all know, football fans all over the country,” said Manning. “That’s what this event is about, fans and interaction.”
Manning described the game as a “pretty enjoyable 18 holes.”
Scott Langley, who was Manning’s pro partner, said the tournament serves as a little escape for Manning and that he is happy to help any way he can.
Phil Mickelson, who at 4-under par after Friday’s round stood five shots behind leaders Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth, noted that Manning’s participation benefits the game of golf in return.
“He helps bring [the] game of golf to other people who wouldn’t be exposed to the game. Good to have him here.”