How Aaron Rodgers’ golf game has fans in Green Bay clinging to hope

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The word on Aaron Rodgers has been that he’s looking to get out of Green Bay. The tension between Rodgers and the Packers hit a new level last spring and Rodgers told multiple members of the organization that he does not want to return to the team, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the USA TODAY Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

But now, thanks to his golf game, fans in Wisconsin are clinging to hope that he’ll back for another season in green and gold.

Rodgers is preparing for the next installment of “The Match,” the fourth edition of the made-for-TV event — this one coming at the spectacular Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana, which sits at an elevation of roughly 7,500 feet.

Reigning U.S. Open champ Bryson DeChambeau will play with Rodgers. Phil Mickelson will again play with Tom Brady, with whom he partnered in The Match II against Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning last May.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 6, at 5 p.m. ET, just after the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, where DeChambeau will return as defending champion, and two days before the John Deere Classic.

So, Rodgers is likely playing plenty of golf these days as he prepares for a national audience.

Then, this was leaked today, perhaps symbolizing a thawing in Rodgers’ deep freeze with the team’s management.

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If Rodgers was planning to head elsewhere, would he re-up at his local club, especially since he’ll be looking to get extra work in before the Montana event? There are plenty of other options in Wisconsin if he’s only sticking around for a few weeks. Here’s our list of best courses you can play in the Badger State.

Green Bay Country Club, a Dick Nugent design, sits just 15 minutes from the Packers’ storied stadium, Lambeau Field.