It looks like Johnny Football is going to have a little more time to focus on his day job.
Johnny Manziel, who recently wrapped up a Heisman-winning freshman season at Texas A&M, is reportedly an avid golfer, and he drew interest from tournament organizers at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. But a lack of available slots and the specter of NCAA rules have apparently combined to sink Manziel's chances for this year's event, according to the Global Golf Post.
Inviting Manziel, wrote Monterey Peninsula CEO Steve John in an e-mail to The Post, “actually was discussed amongst the Tournament committee but at that point the field was complete. I think he’ll get solid consideration in the future; I understand he’s got game.”
But the Pebble Beach source said strict NCAA regulations also contributed to the tournament’s decision to back off on Manziel. Apparently Manziel would have had to pay his own entry fee, typically close to $20,000 for amateurs, or run afoul of college sports’ governing body.
“Don’t know about NCAA rules,” John added. “But (that) sounds logical regarding the entry fee.”