Smylie Kaufman is an internet sensation. You know him as the Natty Light-sponsored LSU Tiger who vacations with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth and played in the final pairing at the Masters earlier this year. Or maybe you know him as the dude who got “RIP Harambe” stamped on his wedge recently. Either way, he’s become a cult hero in millennial golf circles.
Now he’s a hero in bigger circles than that.
Kaufman got one of his golf bags signed by several colleagues on the PGA Tour recently and auctioned it off in exchange for folks giving money to help flood victims in Louisiana.
“It’s been very difficult for the folks down in Louisiana,” Kaufman told Golf Digest on Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. “They had unbelievable amounts of flood issues in houses and people homeless. You know, it’s affected everybody down there.”
“A guy called my grandfather and said he wanted to donate $50,000,” Kaufman added in a conversation with Golf Channel. “I was like, ‘Do you just want a golf bag in return or something?’ I got a bag with a bunch of signatures on it. I was just trying to be as proactive as possible. Just try to help everybody get back on their feet as much as I can.”
Pretty cool gesture from the former Tiger who is also now T5 and just three shots back of Kevin Chappell’s 36-hole lead at TPC Boston in the second FedEx Cup Playoff event. Kaufman shot a 66 on Saturday, which tied for the fifth-lowest score of the day and nicely backed up his 68 on Friday in Round 1.
Kaufman, who is currently No. 34 in the FedEx Cup points race, is projected to slide into the top 20 if he can hang on to his current spot. That would get him a spot in the Tour Championship here in a few weeks. But we’re getting a little bit ahead of ourselves.
On Saturday, Kaufman actually made five birdies and an eagle in his first seven holes before making three bogeys coming in for the 66. He was flirting with a 59 watch but settled right where he wants to be: in the top five going to the final two days of play in Boston.
Still, Kaufman was all about Louisiana after his showing.
“We’re going to all go do some work down there and try to help out the guys as much as we can, just try to get everybody back on their feet,” Kaufman told Golf Channel. “I know it’s not going to be just us doing it. We’re going to try to impact as much as we can.”
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Smylie Kaufman contending at Deutsche Bank after helping in Louisiana