Tour LifeApril 7, 2017

Why Smylie Kaufman says #SB2K17 is in serious jeopardy of not happening

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Sitting on a large throne constructed out of cases of Natty Light, Smylie Kaufman made a declaration many golf fans are going to be sad to hear: #SB2K17 is in serious jeopardy of not happening.

Nearly a year ago, #SB2K16 took over social media feeds everywhere as Kaufman, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Justin Thomas shared a plethora of photos and videos from their brocation in Baker's Bay. And it caused everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Andrew "Beef" Johnston to seek an invite for the next get-together. Kaufman was named MVP of the trip by Thomas, but there might not be any hardware -- or shirtless David Feherty impressions -- this April.

"We've talked, but I doubt we can get anything on paper," Kaufman said. "Everybody's got such busy schedules."

Bummer.

It was also a year ago when Kaufman sat in a very different position answering questions. A third-round 69 at the 2016 Masters put him up on the podium in the Augusta National media center talking about being in the final pairing with his buddy Spieth.

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The irony of the situation wasn't lost on the 25-year-old as he hung out on this Masters Friday in a rented-out Midas a half mile down Washington Road from the most famous golf course in the country. Kaufman nearly won the PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year Award, but he's now mired in a season-long sophomore slump, which kept him from qualifying for this year's tournament. And despite being so close to the year's first major, Kaufman won't be attending.

"The next time I go back there, I want to be playing," he said.

But Kaufman was in good spirits as we talked, especially with Fowler having just moved into a share of the lead at the Masters. Over a beer, we discussed that difficult day at Augusta National last year, the best basketball players on the PGA Tour, and the sports jersey he covets most. Check it out:


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