NORTON, Mass. – Smylie Kaufman was born in Alabama, but on Saturday after finishing a second-round 66 at the Deutsche Bank Championship to move into contention he was asked his prediction for the LSU vs. Wisconsin game.
“I think 27 to 10, good guys,” he smiled.
The “good guys” for Kaufman is LSU, where he played his college golf. It’s also been a place that’s been on the PGA Tour rookie’s mind the last few weeks following last month’s historic flooding in Louisiana.
Kaufman wanted to help in the recovery from the flooding, so he had players sign one of his staff golf bags last week at The Barclays and planned to auction it off before an unidentified donor gave him another idea.
“A guy called my grandfather and said he wanted to donate $50,000,” Kaufman said. “I was like, do you just want a golf bag in return or something? I got a bag with a bunch of signatures on it. I was just trying to be as proactive as possible.”
In two weeks after the BMW Championship, Kaufman plans to join a group of other Tour players who attended LSU, including David Toms and John Peterson, to help the state recover.
“We're going to all go do some work down there and try to help out the guys as much as we can, just try to get everybody back on their feet,” Kaufman said. “I know it's not going to be just us doing it. We're going to try to impact as much as we can.”