It’s exactly how many of us picture retirement — hitting the links with your brother.
Only these brothers are Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.
Peyton and Eli Manning are living their best lives at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week alongside other celebrities and professional athletes.
“Just a lot of fun, it’s my first time playing in this tournament,” Eli told The Golf Channel after the opening round of the tournament. “I was a little nervous coming in, you know, I’m a rookie. I’m a rookie, I thought I might get hazed a little bit. I was surprised I had any golf balls left in my bag. I thought big bro would probably remove those from my bag.”
“It’s early, it’s still early,” Peyton responded.
“I hit it pretty good off the tee,” Eli said. “I had a lot of shots and made some par net birdies to help out the team, but it was a lot of fun. Being with Kevin [Chappell], being with Peyton, being with Luke [Donald] — we had a good day.”
Eli, who carries a 10-handicap, and Kevin Chappell are tied for eighth place at 8 under par, and Peyton (8) and Luke Donald tied for 48th place at 5-under. Peyton joked that Eli’s handicap would go down after his strong performance.
“He’s been on the simulator up in New York, I think he might have snuck out for a couple of rounds this season, too,” Peyton said.
“I had a lot more free time than I wanted to also, so took advantage of it,” Eli, 39, quipped back jokingly. The longtime Giants quarterback was benched for rookie Daniel Jones early this season and announced his retirement on Jan. 22. Peyton, 43, has been retired since 2016. He has played in the AT&T before, but says he still gets nervous.
“We kinda had each other’s backs and pull for each other and both know we’re sort of out of our comfort zone here,” Peyton said. “I’d rather throw four interceptions in front of 80,000 than I would getting out here and hit one into the gallery. At least in football, I knew what I was doing. Out here, I’m not sure I do.”
At times, the Manning brothers struggled, occasionally spraying the ball into woods with errant shots, but took it all in stride.
“On [hole] 10 today, we were both right in the woods and Eli hit his shot, and it hit a tree and bounced right where I was,” Peyton said. “Then I hit my shot, and it bounced dead right to where he was. That was hard to do, that was impressive. Maybe you call us being in our element as opposed to out of it.”
On the next tee, a fan asked if they had any side bets going. Peyton replied, “Yeah, first one to finish the hole.”
Golf has been bonding activity for the Manning family over for years.
“Me and Eli get to play together, with my dad and [older brother] Cooper,” Peyton said. “That’s probably as good a foursome as you can get for us. … To be on the golf course for four hours together, with no phones and no distractions, we catch up, trying to have some fun.”
Archie and Olivia Manning live in New Orleans, as does Cooper and his family. Peyton resides in Denver, and Eli lives in New Jersey.
Eli recounted a recent golf trip with Peyton during which he snuck into his brother’s room while he was napping and gave him an “atomic wedgie.”
“An atomic wedgie is when you get the underwear over the head. That’s when it’s an atomic,” Eli said. “It was one of my proudest moments. My parents, my mom and dad were so proud when I told them.”
“It’s payback for as a kid, I’d get on top of him and put my knees on his arms and bang on his chest,” Peyton said.
“I promise you, over 39 years, I’m still definitely behind,” Eli said. “From age 7 to 15, there was a lot of time in there. I had no defense.”
Nick Taylor of Canada sits atop the professional leaderboard at 8-under par. Patrick Cantlay and Chase Seiffert of the US are tied for second at 6-under.