Aaron Rodgers, Chris Paul to host golf tourney featuring NFL, NBA players
Aaron Rodgers and Chris Paul will serve as hosts of a golf tournament later this year in which stars from the NFL and NBA will be pitted against each other to determine which league reigns supreme on the links.
The event, dubbed the Baha Mar Showdown, will be held in the Bahamas from June 27-29. It marks the second year of the tournament, with the Green Bay Packers quarterback and Houston Rockets guard leading players from their respective leagues over two days at Jack Nicklaus’ Royal Blue Golf Club.
The tournament setup features eight NFL players competing against eight NBA players. An eight-player match final will take place during the event’s second day, with Rodgers and Paul leading four-player squads.
“The NFL side squeaked one out last year; I look forward to defending our title bragging rights on the links,” Aaron Rodgers said, per the press release, via Bleacher Report. “I love golf, and The Bahamas is a stunning setting for this unique event. It will be a special one for fans too, getting up-close-and-personal with some amazing pro athletes.”
“I’m thrilled to be hosting this great tournament once again, matching some of the best that ever played in the NBA against NFL greats in a friendly golf competition,” Paul said. “While we are all highly competitive at heart, this is all about having fun and giving fans an amazing experience.”
Interestingly, both Paul and Rodgers are spokespersons for State Farm, and last year’s version of the event was sponsored by the insurance company.
S/O to all the guys that took time to come throw down in the #StateFarmShowdown!! On TNT at 8PM ET tonight! @AaronRodgers12 @LarryFitzgerald @DeronWilliams @ReggieBush @P2 @KyleKorver @MichaelFinley @mconley11 @JoshScobee10 @AThielen19 @TheRealJRSmith @HARPER04_5 @DrewBut13r pic.twitter.com/rkWZTCFalF— Chris Paul (@CP3) August 10, 2018
As Rodgers noted in his statement, the NFL squad edged out the NBA side in last year’s event, winning 9-7.