“It’s a practice shot!” Greenbrier owner and tournament chair Jim Justice shouted to the crowd.
It would take Shaq two more tries before he finally made contact with the ball, but when he did, the crowd went wild, well, as wild as a golf crowd can go.
Shaq later set off on a full round with Justice and his son Jay, as well as PGA pro Keegan Bradley. Greenbrier golf pro emeritus Lee Trevino was the foursome’s caddie.
“He’s a great friend, and his heart is as big as his body,” Justice told The Register-Herald last week when O’Neal’s participation was announced. “He genuinely cares about people and loves to give back. We’re going to have a ball.”
As of mid-afternoon on Wednesday, there was no word of Shaq’s score. But one thing is probably for certain. His game won’t be worse than Charles Barkley’s. Now, that’s a comical swing.