GREEN BAY – As he's done annually of late, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is once again playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament this weekend in his home state of California, and he's off to a good start.
Paired this year with 29-year-old tour pro Max Homa, Rodgers and his partner began the four-round event by shooting 8-under-par on Thursday, just three shots off the lead and one of the top 20 scores posted on a crowded leaderboard heading into Friday's second round.
The event continues through the weekend and concludes Sunday. Other celebrities participating include actors Ray Romano and Bill Murray, rapper Macklemore, former hockey great Wayne Gretzky, former NFL quarterbacks Tony Romo, Steve Young, and Peyton and Eli Manning, as well as current NFL players Larry Fitzgerald and Matt Ryan.
On Wednesday, Rodgers had one of the shots of the day in the million dollar charity hole-in-one contest. Playing the famous par-3 17th at Pebble Beach, Rodgers put his tee shot just 4 feet, 2 inches from the hole.
With no one getting an actual hole-in-one to win the million dollars, Rodgers advanced to the finals, as his shot was second-closest to the pin, two inches closer than Jake Owen's (4 feet, 4 inches) but not as close as Harris Barton's (10 inches).
In the top-three shootout, Rodgers once again finished second with a shot that ended up 19 feet, 11 inches from the hole, earning $20,000 for the charity of his choice, Wounded Warriors. Owen won the top prize of $100,000 for his charity, the Jake Owen Foundation, by getting within 6 feet, 4 inches.