PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tim Tebow gave all his adoring fans at the first tee of the Honda Classic Kenny G Gold Pro-Am Wednesday more to buzz about.
Tebow, the Denver Broncos quarterback, drove the first green, delighting Jack Nicklaus, who walked the first fairway with him in their pairing. NFL defensive end Jason Taylor and the saxophonist Kenny G also were in the group.
Tebow was playing the blue tees, measuring 339 yards. With a healthy helping wind, his tee shot nearly ran off the back of the green. Tebow three putted for par from there.
The big shot was totally unexpected. Before teeing off, Tebow was struggling on the practice range, duffing and spraying shots. He got a short lesson from three-time PGA Tour winner Jerry Kelly, who was there when Tebow set up.
“Just something to help him at impact and forget about his backswing,” Kelly said. “He’s going to be followed by a lot of people today. He’s here helping us, so I just wanted to help him a little.”
It obviously helped. As Nicklaus walked past Tebow on the range, Tebow launched a deep shot.
'I see the top half of the ball, where's the other half,' Nicklaus cracked.
Tebow three putted for par at the first.
Tebow shot an 82 with Phil Mickelson during a practice round at Timiquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., the week of The Players Championship last year. He said it was his lowest score ever with his scores typically in the mid-90s.
Kelly said he’s a Tebow fan.
“Absolutely, I’m a Tebow fan,” Kelly said. “A smashmouth quarterback like him, you have to love that. And he’s a quality individual.”