Rice Finishes Last in Pro Tour Debut

Jerry Rice's initial foray into the world of professional golf was a short one. The former San Francisco 49er great followed up his opening 12-over 83 with a 5-over 76 to miss the cut in the Fresh Express Classic, a Nationwide Tour event in Hayward, Calif.

Rice, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, ended up with a 36-hole score of 17-over 159. He was eliminated from playing over the weekend by 19 strokes and finished dead last.

Rice's second round was decidedly better than his first, which included four double-bogeys. His round Friday at TPC Stonebrae involved three birdies, three bogeys, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey on the par-4 10th hole.

"I feel like I've never had something to really challenge me as much as golf," Rice told reporters before the tournament. "I love the game."

Let's hope the positive attitude of Rice, who received a sponsor's exemption to get into the tournament, is continues in his quixotic quest to be a touring pro.