BOCA RATON, Fla. — At 63, Lawrence Taylor still knows how to deliver a hit.
On Wednesday, he was hitting golf balls instead of quarterbacks.
The NFL Hall of Fame outside linebacker played in the TimberTech Championship PNK DRV Pro-Am at Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club.
“I play golf almost every day,” he said. “I’m retired. I have nothing to do but play golf.
Taylor said he was playing with a 5 handicap, but admits his best days on the course are over. That’s because he now feels like some of the quarterbacks he’s leveled over the years.
“I was really good,” Taylor said of his golf game. “I can’t train like before. Everything hurts me when I swing.
That didn’t stop Taylor, who wore a diamond-encrusted “LT” earring, from having fun on the golf course. Even when he has a bad hole.
This was the case at No. 18 on Wednesday. His tee shot on the par 5 landed in the correct rough. There was a big tree in front of him.
“I have no chance,” he said.
Sure enough, the bullet hit the middle of the tree and ricocheted right, hitting one of Royal Palm’s multi-million dollar homes, the bullet bouncing off the upstairs balcony before coming to rest.
At some point, residents will realize they have a keepsake outside their back door. The bullet says “56 LT” on it.
“I’m sure there are a few people here looking to sue me,” Taylor said with a laugh. “I hit a few balls on people’s balconies today.”
Green Bay Packers quarterback Lynn Dickey is grabbed by New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor during a game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin during the 1985 season. (Photo: Green Bay Press -Gazette Film / USA TODAY Network)
Paul Stankowski, the professional who was paired with Taylor, thought he was lucky when he saw that one of his amateur players was simply listed as “LT”.
“He’s a great guy, great fun,” Stankowski said. “He’s a good player. For a big guy, he has really good hands. He has a good short game and feels good with the putter.
“His swing is a bit short, but obviously his body went through the ring. It delivers the club solidly into the ball and it is quite long.
It’s been almost 30 years since Taylor stopped terrorizing NFL quarterbacks, having spent his entire 13-year career (1981-93) with the New York Giants. Taylor was a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, an honor he now shares with JJ Watt and Aaron Donald.
LT started tracking the Giants again
Taylor said he hasn’t followed the Giants in recent years due to their constant struggles, but has “actually gone back to watching some of their games” after a 6-2 start this season.
“They’re exciting,” Taylor said. “The defense is playing ball and the attack is better. I just hope they can continue.”
Other celebrities who attended Wednesday’s TimberTech Championship pro-am included former Florida Panthers No. 1 pick Ed Jovanovski, former Panthers general manager Dale Talon and IndyCar driver Kyle Kirkwood.
The TimberTech Championship, the second of three PGA Tour Champions playoff events, runs Friday through Sunday. Steven Alker is the defending champion.
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