Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers recovered from a rocky front nine to shoot an opening-round 80 at the American Century Championship on Friday in Lake Tahoe.
Under the Stableford scoring system, Rodgers finished the round with 11 points, which is good for a tie for 23rd place.
The event is a 54-hole tournament, so Rodgers will be playing 18 more holes on Saturday and Sunday. He is grouped with Justin Timberlake and Steph Curry for his round on Saturday.
Rodgers had six bogeys and three pars while shooting 42 on the front nine. He rebounded over the final nine with two birdies and three pars, but a double-bogey on the Par 5 No. 18 put a damper on the round’s finish for the NFL MVP.
Rodgers birdied No. 11 and No. 12 and was as high as 13 points going into the final hole. But his double bogey on No. 18 subtracted two points.
Here’s Rodgers’ approach on the Par 3 No. 12:
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NHL star TJ Oshie leads the field with 21 points. Among active NFL players, Rodgers trails only Adam Thielen (18 points) and Harrison Smith (14) of the Minnesota Vikings.
Rodgers told “The Pat McAfee Show” that he’d like to finish in the top 20. This is his 18th year playing in the tournament.
NBC will carry the broadcast of the championship on Saturday and Sunday.