January 12 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Tim Tebow could be headed to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am once his season concludes, an official involved in the tournament has confirmed.
“There has been some discussion for a month or so between us and him,” Ollie Nutt, President and CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation said Thursday. “There is definitely an interest [from both parties].”
Nutt confirmed that the tournament is holding a spot in the field for the Broncos quarterback, who grew up playing golf in the Jacksonville, Fla., area.
Two years ago, Tebow played a round with Phil Mickelson at nearby Timuquana Country Club the week of THE PLAYERS Championship and last year hosted the first annual Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Sawgrass. Tebow also played in the pro-am of the St. Jude FedEx Classic last year.
“We’re down to the last couple of spots,” Nutt added. “There’s no hard, cast-in-stone date [for a decision] but with Tim still playing we probably won’t get his attention until that wraps up.”
There was also a report Thursday that should Tebow play, officials would like him to be partnered with Tiger Woods. Nutt, however, said that is not the case.
A more likely scenario will see Woods paired with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who is already committed to the tournament and has played with Woods before. Ryan Palmer, who lives in Dallas and is friends with Romo, confirmed as much as well, saying that Romo already told him that he is playing with Woods.
The Broncos play at the New England Patriots Saturday night in the second round of the NFL playoffs. Even if Denver were to go all the way to the Super Bowl, Tebow would still be able to play at Pebble Beach since the tournament doesn’t take place until the week after the Super Bowl. In 2004, that’s what Tom Brady did following the Patriots victory in Super Bowl XXXVIII.