Barkley auctions off broken driver head for tornado relief

May 07, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

The fact that Charles Barkley can even make contact with the golf ball, given that pronounced pause and rubber-legged swing of his, is something of a miracle.

On Wednesday, the NBA great put on quite a show during the pro-am at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek, too. The entertainment began on the first tee as Barkley took a mighty lash and then watched intently as he outdrove himself -- the clubhead snapping off his driver and traveling farther than his golf ball.

Barkley's playing partner, the legendary Fuzzy Zoeller, suggested he auction the clubhead off for charity. And Barkley, who played basketball collegiately at Auburn University, was only too happy to oblige.

So Barkley signed the top of the clubhead and donated to PGA TOUR Charities to auction off for tornado relief. The auction on eBay runs through May 13 and you can click here to bid.

For the record, he borrowed a driver from Bo Jackson -- "the second greatest athlete in Auburn history," Barkley said -- and finished the round. And the resutl? Well, he shot "about even par," Barkley reported, his tongue firmly in cheek.

"Everybody in Alabama, go out to Shoal Creek, we've had a rough week there, go out to Shoal Creek and support the Champions Tour," the NBA great said.