Over the weekend, Aaron Rodgers competed and picked up a trophy at Pebble Beach on Sunday. Rodgers, along with Ben Silverman, held on to win the pro-am portion of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by a single stroke. However, it did not come without controversy.
Speaking to the media, PGA Tour star Keith Mitchell – who finished fourth at the Pro-Am – completely dismissed Rodgers’ win at the event. He pointed out to reporters that the Green Bay Packers had a much larger handicap than he needs for tournaments like this.
“I think Josh (Allen) and I won. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t count. His handicap was crap… if we finished second to Aaron, I consider that us winning the trophy,” Mitchell said.
Rodgers was playing on a 10 handicap. It should be noted that the pro-am event was cut short to three rounds due to weather on Saturday. Rodgers said before Monday he hadn’t touched a club since before the NFL season started.
“I had no confidence coming in,” Rodgers said. “I shot 86 at Sherwood on Monday and that was with a couple balls in my pocket on some holes. And I played at Cypress [Point Club] on Tuesday with a good friend of mine … If you would have seen that you wouldn’t have expected anything this week. But something clicked in when I went to [Spyglass Hill]. Had a good round at Monterey Peninsula on Friday. Then we battled the wind the last couple days.
“But this is a pretty big deal for me. I’m not going to sugarcoat it.”
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Josh Allen, Mitchell’s partner, also seemed to take exception to Rodgers being declared the winner.
“One hundred percent (the win should come with an asterisk),” Allen said, via USA Today. “It’s only three rounds and a 2.6 handicap got 10 shots? Come on now. I don’t know. I’m not the person to ask that question. But it is what it is.”
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