Johnny Manziel said earlier this year that he would like to work towards becoming a professional golfer and his quest has not got off to the best start. The former Heisman Trophy winner faced everything from his iron game to dress code at a tournament in his home state of Texas this week.
Manziel accepted a sponsorship waiver for the Texas State Open at The Cascades Golf & Country Club in Tyler this week. With his father Paul as caddy, Manziel became the last of 156 golfers. He shot a 79 on Round 1 and a 75 on Round 2. One has to wonder if his rough play in the first round had anything to do with the inability to warm up.
As Max Schreiber of Golf Channel noted, Manziel initially didn’t know that he had to wear pants for the tournament. He arrived in shorts and had to change quickly. Manziel strolled to the first tee without hitting balls on the driving range.
Well, not on the best starts …. Rumors that Johnny didn’t know he had to wear pants, so he made it to the first hole without hitting a single range ball. pic.twitter.com/TYX9TLkbEY
– Monday Q Info (@ acaseofthegolf1) July 27, 2021
Manziel told the Tyler Morning Telegraph it was “great to be on the home track” even though he didn’t shoot as well as he’d hoped.
“I had it going for a while and just had issues with the top nine and didn’t play the way I wanted,” said the former Texas A&M star. “It’s a good first experience for me and had to start somewhere and this is a great place to do it at home.”
Manziel said during an appearance on the Green Light with Chris Long podcast in February that he had set a specific goal for when he would like to become a professional golfer. The 28-year-old still has plenty of time but he has to improve his game drastically. It would also help if he familiarized himself with the dress code beforehand.