Jaguars mascot beats Furyk in closest-to-the-pin contest, delights sparse crowd


In times like these, let’s remember that Jim Furyk did hit one of the best wedge shots of the year, a gap wedge on the final hole in Chicago to set up a kick-in birdie for 59.

Sunday’s shot? Well, yes, that was a bit more forgettable.

Furyk took part in a closest-to-the-pin contest Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars’ mascot, Jaxson de Ville. It’s part of a season-long promotion during halftime of the Jaguars’ games, which strives to offer a little entertainment in an otherwise listless season.

Anyway, from high atop the Sky Patio, Furyk was faced with a 125-yard wedge shot. The 2003 U.S. Open champion went first, but his shot sailed long and left of the island green. The mascot then stepped up, lit the candle and hit a feathery approach just below the hole. Check out the video here.

It was all for a good cause, of course, and the Jaguars Foundation will make a $1,000 donation to the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation. Every fan in attendance also received a free order of Papa John’s cheesesticks, which was about the only good news for Jags fans Sunday.