Jerry Rice made his latest attempt to play professional golf this week at the Nationwide Tour event in Spartanburg, S.C.. The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports it was a record-setting 48 hours.
Rice shot an opening round 92, the highest score ever since this Nationwide Tour event began in South Carolina’s Upstate in 1992.
Rice talked before the tournament of buying Cristal for everyone if he’d reached his goal and made the cut. He saw those hopes doused early when he couldn’t avoid the water at The Carolina Country Club.
After his second round 82 today, which had him at 30 over par for the tourney, Sean Jensen of GOLF WEEK noted that Rice blew off the media.
Scary part: Despite the the horrific 36 holes, the AP reports Rice still had another 18 to go tomorrow!
He’ll remain at the BMW event longer than at his last tournament. The celebrity competition calls for pros to play each of three courses in North and South Carolina before cutting to the top 60 and ties for Sunday’s final round.
Though in a stunning turn of events, Rice was “disqualified” following his second round.
From the ASSOCIATED PRESS:
Hall of Famer Jerry Rice has been disqualified from the Nationwide Tour event Friday because his caddie used a scope to check yardages.
Rice called the error a rookie mistake and apologized to BMW Charity Pro-Am officials. That means Rice won’t take part in Saturday’s third round, the last one before the field is cut for Sunday’s finale.
Rice also said he would not try to play as a pro at future Nationwide events. He missed the cut at the Fresh Express Classic last month in his tour debut.
Ah the irony: You couldn’t get Rice to quit pro football though he was all too ready to throw away pro golf at the first sign of adversity.
What did he think was going to happen?