PGA Tour Players Hit Shots Onto Field During NFL Halftime

There’s nothing like a Closest to the Pin competition among friends. On Thursday night in Jacksonville, it was just Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner, Fred Funk, Harold Varner III, Bud Cauley, a club, a ball and a flagstick 125 yards away. Oh, and 61,000 football fans watching them hit from an elevated tee to the middle of an NFL stadium.

But those are minor details.

The five PGA Tour pros traveled from Sea Island, Ga. where they are competing in the RSM Classic to Jacksonville’s EverBank Field to provide some much-needed halftime entertainment after the Jaguars and Titans combined for 12 points — all field goals — in the first half of their Thursday Night Football showdown. 

The contest benefitted the charities of the colleges of each player. In an elimination-style contest Varner III reigned supreme, outlasting not only his four peers, but also Jaxson de Ville, the Jaguars formerly formidable mascot.

Varner earned $10,000 for Eastern Carolina University’s charities, while the charities of the other four schools — Auburn (Dufner), Alabama (Cauley), Vanderbilt (Snedeker) and Maryland (Funk) — received $2,500 a piece.