The text message hit Josh Scobee‘s phone roughly 12 hours before the start of Sunday’s final round of The Players Championship.
His buddy, PGA Tour golfer Steve Wheatcroft, wanted to offer Scobee a chance to caddy the final round at TPC Sawgrass.
The veteran Saints kicker was so excited he could barely sleep on Saturday night.
“I’ve been bugging him for a long time about caddying for him, but I didn’t think it would come yesterday in the final round of the Players Championship,” Scobee said.
Scobee spent 11 years in Jacksonville, enough to get heavily involved in the golfing community there and become a pretty good player in his own right.
But getting a chance to caddy at The Players in Ponte Vedra Beach, a short drive out of Jacksonville, was beyond his wildest dreams.
Wheatcroft finished at 6-over on Sunday, sliding into 71st place.
Scobee couldn’t have cared less. His nerves felt like Wheatcroft was right in the thick of the chase after Jason Day, who won the tournament at 15-under.
“That was probably the most nervous I’ve been in any type of athletic environment,” Scobee said. “Even though he’s in 70th place, I was still nervous. I just didn’t want to screw up or fall in the pond on 17.”
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