Scobee is No Bo Jackson

It's now official. Jaguars' placekicker Josh Scobee will not be giving up what he does best, which is kick field goals and kickoffs for the Jaguars. No, Scobee will not forego his kicking career for life on the PGA Tour.

Not that the Jaguars' kicker seriously entertained the thought, but there was a part of him that wondered if golf could become a second career once his days in the NFL are over. There still might be that other career. But following Scobee's venture into the golf world earlier this week in the U.S. Open sectional tournament, he'll definitely be at the start of the Jaguars' organized team activities which begin next week.

Scobee fired a 41-40 (81), eight over par and 11 shots away from qualifying for the sectional round.

"If I decided to take up golf for a living, I'd be broke after a month. Shooting 81, you're not going to go too far," Scobee said afterwards. "I didn't chip and putt well and that's what you need to score. Everyone knows that."

Still, Scobee shows how far he's advanced since first taking up the sport in his rookie season in 2004. He has a good swing, hits his drives a long way off the tee and has shown a strong game with his irons that usually gets him around the greens. But with the importance of chipping and putting, two areas that he admits are shortcomings, he lacks the overall game to be truly competitive with those who play the sport professionally.

Scobee's handicap is near 0 and was low enough to meet the Open qualifying standard (1.4 or lower). He had hoped to come in with a score in the low 70s with the idea of being one of the five golfers moving on to the sectional qualifying tournament.

One of the big differences between the two sports is the crowd noise, Scobee said.

"I'm so used to being out there (in a football game) where the people are screaming when you're trying to do your job. It's a little different (in golf) when everyone is quiet."

Scobee will now turn his attention to doing what he does best, kicking a football. He's coming off his worst season in six years in the NFL, converting an average of just 64.3 percent of his field goal attempts (18-of-28) last year. He had not missed more than seven field goals nor had a percentage under 76 prior to the 2009 season.

Since the end of the season, Scobee went out to Arizona to a kicking camp to refine his technique and get his percentage back to the upper 70 percent level or higher. He leaves little doubt as to which of the two sports he's more comfortable with.

"The difference between those two is I have a lot more experience lining up a game-winning field goal. The difference is experience. The more experience you get, the more comfortable you'll be and the better you'll play," he said.

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