These Celebrities Could Have Played Golf For A Living

Sports | 5/17/19

When celebrities hit the links, it’s a sight to behold. When they’re not doing their famous day jobs, many celebs relax with 18 holes or play for charity. Some are so good they could even go pro. Justin Timberlake and Bill Murray are two of the most respected celebrity golfers, and Tony Romo’s game is so strong he’s making a push to get professionally ranked! To find out about Romo and more, read on as we reveal all the reasons these celebrities could have played golf for a living!

Sam Jackson Schedules Golf Into Filming

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Samuel L. Jackson is the highest grossing actor of all time. From Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Mace Windu in Star Wars, his resume is untouchable, and so is his love of golf.

Jackson is so serious about golf that his contracts state he is allowed to play while filming. Without golf, he claims his behavior would become destructive. He says that Arnold Palmer is the most temperamental golfer that he’s ever played with, and he’s played with a lot of them!

Tom Brady Gave Advice To Phil Mickelson

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Tom Brady is quite possibly the greatest quarterback to ever play in the history of the NFL. He is also one of the most respected celebrity golfers, and has even given advice to Phil Mickelson!

Speaking with Golf Channel, Mickelson said Brady gave him this advice, “Overload, underload. It’s about how to create speed, how to retrain and reprogram your governor for speed. I’ve been doing a lot of the same stuff, and he just kind of explained how he applied it to football and throwing and arm velocity.”

Dennis Quaid Has Credentials

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Michael Kovac/WireImage

In 2005, Golf Digest named Dennis Quaid as Hollywood’s top golfer. At the time, his handicap was one. In the years since, his handicap has dropped to six. That hasn’t stopped Quaid from holding a golf charity event every year, though.

Quaid also has plans to turn his love of golf into a movie. He has been open about his desire to star in a film about the sport. After watching him warm our hearts in The Rookie, we’d love to see him hit the links on the silver screen!

Adam Levine Is Golf’s Celebrity Rebel

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Looking at Adam Levine, you wouldn’t think he would be the avid golfer that he is. His body is covered in tattoos, and his “too cool for school” attitude aren’t what you usually find at the golf club.

Of course, standing out at the first hole has never stopped Maroon 5’s lead singer from playing all 18. In 2012, he was even featured on an episode of The Haney Project, one of Golf Channel’s flagship programs. Perhaps an entry into the PGA tour is next?

Celine Dion Owns Her Own Golf Course

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Sam Levi/WireImage

Another surprising addition to this list is Celine Dion. The Canadian known for her incredible voice loves the relaxing sport. Not only is her handicap a solid 17, but she owns her own golf course, Le Mirage.

Dion also has a private course at her home in Canada. And who can forget the 2000 Kraft Nabisco tournament where she got a little crazy and jumped into a pond with Karrie Webb! That same year, Webb won her second consecutive Rolex Player of the Year title.

Bill Murray Is More Than A Golfer In The Movies

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One of Bill Murray’s most defining roles is that of Carl Spackler in Caddyshack, the groundskeeper at a golf course that ends up winning the Masters. In real life, Murray is an avid golfer who sports an eight handicap.

More impressively, the funnyman regularly competes in charity events, such as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. In 2011, playing alongside D.A. Points, he won the entire competition. First prize for winning the event was $1.1 million.

Alice Cooper Wrote A Book On Golf

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Shock rocker Alice Cooper is so in love with the sport of golf that he even wrote a book about it! The book, Golf Monster: My 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict, details how turning to golf helped him approach sobriety in his life.

Cooper says that the relaxing sport was a major reason he was able to beat his alcoholism. Not only has he stayed sober since the mid-1980s, but he also sports an attractive handicap of seven when he’s on the course.

Mark Wahlberg Says Golf Keeps Him Healthy

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You can choose to believe whether this is true or not, but Mark Wahlberg claims that playing golf is the only exercise he gets to stay in shape. Obviously, he gets into a real routine before shooting a movie, but during his time off, he works to improve his seven handicap.

Speaking about his health, Wahlberg said, “If I have to do it for a movie, whether it’s being in shape or out of shape, then I’ll do it for the job. That’s part of the gig. But other than that I just like to swing a club.”

Justin Timberlake Missed His Chance To Go Pro

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Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

As a young celebrity living a cherished life, Justin Timberlake once proclaimed that he would be a professional golfer by the time he was 30. Today, that time has come and gone, and Timberlake has had to settle for becoming one of the biggest music stars in the entire world.

Timberlake’s dad introduced him to golf when he was young, and for him, playing is just like performing, “The golf swing is very, very rhythmic. There’s a certain tempo to it, just like in music. It just made sense to me. Music is everything to me.”

Michael Jordan Is “The Airness” Of Amateur Golfing

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Michael Jordan, like Tom Brady, can stake claim to being one of the greatest to ever play his sport. It turns out, basketball isn’t the only athletic competition he exceeds at. On the golf course, he sports a 1.2 handicap.

Over the course of the last several decades, Jordan has joined 12 private golf clubs. He also owns over 40 golf sets and has a private putting green at his house. Would you believe us if we told you he averages 36 holes a day?

John Smoltz Is As Close To Pro As An Amateur Could Be

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John Smoltz is a Hall of Fame MLB pitcher who spent most of his career with the Atlanta Braves. He is the only hurler in league history to record 200 wins and 150 saves. After he retired, he nearly became one of the only professional athletes to successfully transition to golf.

With a two handicap, Smoltz once attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach. He came close, but ended up barely on the outside looking in. The performance was praised by Tiger Woods, who said Smoltz is the best non-PGA golfer ever.

Tony Romo Gives John Smoltz A Run For His Money

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Tony Romo is doing his best since retiring from the NFL to become the next John Smoltz. In 2017, the former Cowboys quarterback missed the cut for the U.S. Open by six strokes. Jason Day praised Romo, saying he had “sneaky talent.”

The good news for Romo is he has his broadcasting career to fall back on. After one season with CBS announcing football games, he is already widely regarded as one of the best in the booth.

Sugar Ray Leonard Faces His Fears With Golf

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Sugar Ray Leonard has made over $100 million boxing for living. You would think he wouldn’t be scared of anything. Surprisingly, he says, “A downhill three-footer? That’s scary,” and he enjoys that golf makes him face his fears.

When he was boxing, Leonard wasn’t scared of his opponents. “Marvin Hagler wasn’t scary,” and neither was anyone else who challenged him in the ring. To help him overcome his real fears, Leonard starred on The Haney Project just like Adam Levine did.

Kenny G Is Always Trying To Get Better

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Kenny G is probably the most famous saxophonist of all time. To earn the title, he had to work tirelessly on his craft. To maintain his reputation, he still works tirelessly. And to become the best golfer he can be, he applies that same work ethic.

As he told Golf Digest, “With the sax, I learned technique well enough so that it feels like part of my body and I just express myself. That’s where I want to get in golf.” It doesn’t hurt that he’s been playing golf since high school, where he starred on his alma mater’s team.

Snoop Dogg Is An 18 Hole Regular

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In 2017, hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg played a round of golf at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. A surprising fan of golf, Snoop cites Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tiger Woods as his favorite golfers.

Snoop also admits, “it’s hard to play golf… It looks easy on TV, but it’s not that easy. It’s a real profession, it’s a real sport, it’s real coordination, it’s real timing.” Always working on his swing, his last known handicap was 18.

Don’t Judge Charles Barkley By His Swing

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If you were to watch Charles Barkley play golf, and judge him solely based on his swing, you’d think he was terrible. There’s hidden beauty in that swing, though, and Chuck is a much better golfer than people give him credit for.

Unfortunately, we don’t know his handicap. We do know that he takes golf seriously enough that he once broke his club taking a shot. The moment was even broadcast on television during one of his appearances for the NBA on TNT.

Michael Phelps Is A Golf Cover Boy

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With so much accomplished at such a young age as a swimmer, it’s no wonder Michael Phelps has found so much free time recently to become a master celebrity golfer. He’s become so famous for his time on the links that he’s even had his own Golf Channel show.

And did we forget to mention he made the cover of Golf Digest, too? Jordan Spieth better start watching his back on the 18th hole… Michael Phelps might be lurking right behind him waiting to sink a birdie!

Justin Bieber Can Thank Golf For His Career

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Growing up in Canada, all Justin Bieber wanted to do was play golf. When he was turned away because he didn’t have enough money for the course, he took his guitar to the streets.

All Bieber needed was $20 to get onto the green. Instead, he ended up with $200 and a new career path. Without golf, it’s possible that Biebermania may never have been born. We wonder where his alternative career might have taken him.

Cameron Diaz Has Custom Clubs

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Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

While we can’t use Cameron Diaz’s exact words to describe her love of golf, we can tell you that she has custom fitted clubs. The actress, best known for he comedic chops, takes her love of the game as dramatically as possible.

Diaz first learned how to play golf on the set of There’s Something About Mary, which also happens to be the movie that made America learn about her. Since then, she’s reported her handicap to be around 36.

Condoleeza Rice Found Her Passion Later In Life

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Condoleeza Rice lived a busy life before discovering her passion for golf. As the Secretary of State for President Bush, she simply didn’t have time for leisure. Once she turned 50 and had more free time though, that all changed.

Rice started playing golf and fell in love with the game. Today, she has a reported handicap of 14 and says putting and driving are her strengths, while irons and wedges give her trouble. She was one of the first women to earn a membership to Augusta National Golf Course in 2012.