These are the five best golfers in the NFL

December 2, 2019

The Big Four — MLB, NFL, NBA AND NHL — are stocked with natural talent. They have their share of on-course ballers, too. Makes sense. Athletic moves across all sports show up in the golf swing.

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Here are the five best golfers in the NFL.

1. RYAN SUCCOP, 33
PK, Tennessee Titans
Low: +2.6; current: +2.6
Richland CC, Nashville, Tenn.

According to Discover South Carolina, Succop started playing as a young child when his family moved to a home on a golf course. “My dad would take me out after work, me with my one little club, and we’d hit balls every night before dinner,” he told Discover South Carolina. “Growing up, I had a group of kids my age, and we would play all day long in the summer, dawn to dusk.” By his junior year of high school, he was playing on a state championship golf team. His five other teammates played college golf while Succop went to the University of South Carolina for football, where he befriended classmates George and Wesley Bryan. Succop even caddied for Wesley when he played a tournament in Nashville.

2. BRETT KERN, 33
P, Tennessee Titans
Low: +0.8; current: +0.4
Nashville Golf & Athletic Club, Brentwood, Tenn.

The Titans punter reportedly likes to play once or twice a week, but if his Twitter cover photo is any indication, his passion for the game runs deep. Plus, he got out on Shinnecock (see photo below)!

3. MATT RYAN, 34
QB, Atlanta Falcons
Low: 0.0; current: 0.0
Capital City Club, Atlanta, Ga.

Ryan’s love for the game runs deep, as evidenced by his annual celebrity pro-am outing at TPC Sugarloaf. He was motivated to get better by a desire to beat his backup QB, Chris Redmen, who he says took money off him for quite a while during the years they played together. The key to Ryan’s improvement? Getting his ball flight down.

4. ADAM THIELEN, 29
WR, Minnesota Vikings
0.6 (reported)

Judging by the action Thielen recently displayed at the 3M Open, his ultra-low handicap is no surprise. He’s also competed at the American Century Championship and was a member of his high school’s state championship team back in 2007.

5. JAKE ELLIOTT, 24
PK, Philadelphia Eagles
Low: +0.6; current: 1.8
The Ace Club, Lafayette Hill, Penn.

Elliott is a natural athlete and apparently has a talent for just about everything — including golf. Elliott picked up the game as a young kid, but didn’t play seriously until his high school and college days. As a kicker for the recent Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles, Elliott also likes to unwind by putting on his ultra-slick wood floors.

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