Peyton Manning Becomes Highlight Of Pebble Beach Pro-Am With Late Tournament Entry

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Super Bowl XLVIII was a disappointment for the Denver Broncos and their fans around the country. When the Seattle Seahawks raised the Lombardi Trophy, it was a stunning finish to what could have been a historic season.

So how best to get over it? A little bit of golf never hurts, and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has decided to jump head-first into the offseason recovery program. Manning will be joining a field of celebrities and athletes including Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs, and his foil on the football field, but possible BFF away from the game, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.

Certainly, the gorgeous Pacific Ocean views and all-star accommodations at Pebble Beach don’t hurt, and Manning is no slouch on the links, where he carries a single-digit handicap; seven, to be precise. He’s even played several pro-ams at Tour events before, playing with good friend Tiger Woods at Bay Hill and Quail Hollow, and in this event with Webb Simpson in 2009.

Some hardcore football critics may think that he should spend more time in solemn reflection over his team’s dismantling on Sunday, but his presence at this charity-heavy event can only be a good thing.

More than anything, from a golf perspective, having superstars of the Manning or Brady variety around elevates the entire stature of the game to new fans. Kids who wouldn’t watch a minute of a golf tournament with their dads this weekend get a chance to see their favorite football player and now golf is the “cool” game.

This week’s tournament is all about fun for a good cause, when it comes to the celebrities at least. No doubt, the golf being played is very real for the PGA Tour pros, but when Peyton Manning calls your tournament and says he’d like to play, you find a way to make a spot for him.

Brandon Raper is a golf writer for RantSports.com. “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and join him on Google+.


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