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By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Jimmy Walker pro-am group

When I got an email last Sunday afternoon from Visit Scotland’s David Connor saying he would very much like me to join his pro-am team for the Scottish Open at Gullane GC on Wednesday afternoon if I was available, I did a cartwheel in the living room of my cramped NYC apartment and hit my head on the  coffee table. Okay, that actually didn’t happen, but I was practically jumping for joy.

I wrote back what was likely an overly enthusiastic response immediately and hoped there wasn’t any “take backs” to the offer. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to play in a pro-am on one of the major tours — it seemed like it would be an intriguing experience and it would be very telling about the character of the tour pro you’re paired with in that kind of intimate setting for five hours (in other words, whether or not he’s a jerk)I had the opportunity to partake in the Hawaii Open pro-am last December, which was a total blast, but it’s not quite the same as, say, the Scottish Open edition.

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The Tebow brothers love their golf (that's Tim pictured above)

Tiger who? The big story on Wednesday morning wasn’t that Tiger Woods felt a twinge in his lower back on the 6th tee at Bay Hill during his pro-am. Instead, around noon news broke that former NFL first-round draft pick and quarterback Tim Tebow, who led the Denver Broncos to the AFC West title this past season (not to mention cultural luminary), was traded to the New York Jets.

While the chaos of the swap was going down, Tebow’s brother Robby (who is almost a ringer for his brother) was dealing with it from the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida. Thank the lord the deal was finalized (though apparently ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting there’s been a hang-up) just before Robby’s opening drive on No. 10 in the pro-am at 12:40 with PGA Tour player Brian Davis.

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