‘Sand Bagger’: Golf World in Dismay With Aaron Rodgers Winning at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Published 02/05/2023, 11:05 PM EST

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Aaron Rodgers won the 2023 AT&T Pro-Am with his professional partner Ben Silverman. Winning a golf event is not new to the star quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, as he is good at the sport nearly as much as football. After winning at Pebble Beach, he is over the moon; however, the golf world doesn’t reciprocate the feeling. 

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The PGA Tour Pro-Am event faced many difficulties due to bad weather, making the officials cut the rounds to three. However, the hassle didn’t affect Rodgers and his teammate, as the duo scored an impressive 62-60-67 in the three rounds. 

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Watching Rodgers play the Pro-Am was exciting since his swings were just as good as professionals. Yet, the fans seem not impressed with NFL’s 4-time MVP’s victory at Pebble Beach. 

Fans call out Aaron Rodgers for lying about his handicap score at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

The spectators of golf have been more vocal about whatever is going wrong in the golf world lately. They proved that they are not afraid to call out even the officials of the Greatest golf course in the world after they made significant changes there recently. Hence, when the fans found evidence of the NFL’s 4-time MVP lying about his handicap score, they couldn’t stop themselves from going after him. 

Aaron Rodgers entered the competition this week, stating his handicap score as 10. It is not the worse score for an amateur. However, according to many fans, A-Rod of the NFL is a better golfer than a 10-handicapped golfer. And when the PGA Tour posted the winner’s picture on Twitter, fans didn’t hold themselves back from sharing their honest thoughts about it. 

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Although some fans congratulated him and Silverman for their victory, many were not on board with it. 

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The Green Bay Packers star QB revealed his thoughts on the victory 

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is not the first time Aaron Rodgers has won a golf event. One of them includes his victory at The Match IV with Bryson DeChambeau, in which they defeated Phil Mickelson and the NFL’s GOAT QB, Tom Brady. Yet, Rodgers found winning this week special. 

In the press meet after his victory, as per CBS Sports, Rodgers said“it’s really significant. It’s always been on my bucket list.” Furthermore, he didn’t forget to credit his partner as well. “Ben’s such a great guy,” he explained. “I knew we were going to have fun.”

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What do you think of Aaron Rodgers’ golfing? Do you agree with fans that he shouldn’t have entered with a 10 handicap score when he is a much better player than that? 

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.
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