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Golf pro not surprised Bill Belichick, Tom Brady dominate the links, too

Eric Edholm
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Massachusetts native and PGA pro golfer James Driscoll got to do what most New Englanders only dream of: golf with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Over four days at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament last week, Driscoll played with both the New England Patriots quarterback and head coach, and he told the Boston Herald that he can see why they are successful in golf, even if most of their time is spent on football.

“(Belichick’s) game is pretty good,” Driscoll said. “His grip and his setup, he’s got one of the best grips I’ve ever seen for like a 14-16 handicap. Usually guys at that level have gnarly looking grips, but his grip is just a textbook Ben Hogan grip. And his short game is really good. He just doesn’t play enough. That’s the bottom line. He doesn’t play as much as he’d like, and that’s what keeps him from getting any lower of a handicap.”

As for Brady, who fired a third-round eagle on the par-5 second hole, Driscoll said it was proof positive of how good Brady could be with more time devoted to the game.

“If he played more, he could be really phenomenal,” Driscoll said. “He’ll have a couple stretches of holes that just look like he could be a pro. But because he doesn’t play much, he’ll hit some squirrelly shots. He can definitely hit some loose shots."

Worry not, Pats fans. Driscoll isn't campaigning for the football legends to give up their first loves just yet. But he also said, as many others have, that through the tournament he got to see a side of the duo that others haven't always seen in public.

“The first time playing with (Belichick), that was cool, but now that it’s been four years, it wasn’t that surreal,” Driscoll said yesterday. “But to play with Tom Brady for three days is pretty cool. He’s such a good guy. He’s just normal, down to earth, but so polished. He’s an impressive guy. It’s not a shock to me after hanging out with him and Belichick for three days that they’re as successful as they’ve been. They go about things very professionally, pay attention to detail. They’re just class acts.”

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