Bill Belichick: 'A lot more pressure' playing golf than football

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Sunday night featured the final round of the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach and Jimmy Walker's third victory of the PGA season. But the real fun of the Pro-Am is the various celebs who play alongside the pros.

Peyton Manning -- who helped to bump ticket sales -- and Tom Brady were in California for the tournament and so was Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Brady and Belichick, as you can see above, spoke with Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo about the Pat season.

Brady, who got range tips from Faldo, was his typical self when discussing the 2013 season that ended in a loss to the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game. He wanted to "move forward."

"I think you try to evaluate the things you did well and move forward. I think that's one of the most important things because you keep looking back, back, back … there's no point in that," Brady said. "The season's over and it's time to move on. I think for our team it's about the 2014 offseason and to see what we can do to improve. It's great for me when the Super Bowl ends because I know I can put that season in the books and really start looking forward."

There was a funny exchange between Faldo and Belichick, when Sir Nick asked him "When do you get back to work?"

Belichick's deadpan in response was hilarious.

"Two weeks ago," the Patriots coach said.

He qualified that they have the Senior Bowl and then prep for the combine and whatnot so it didn't sound completely sarcastic (it wasn't).

He wasn't sarcastic at all when he told the Golf Channel later that he believes football is easier than golf.

"Yeah, I mean there is a lot more pressure here playing golf because it's just you," Belichick said. "I was talking to Tom and Peyton, actually, I played both of them this week, we were just commenting on how much easier it is to play football where we sort of know what we're doing versus coming out here, where it's just you, no teammates."

That's the hardest part of golf. You're on an absolute island. When things spiral out of control, there's no one there to pick up the slack for you. And if you're rolling, it's on you to mentally hold that roll. It's an impossibly difficult game.

Having said that, anyone can pick up a club and learn to play golf. The barriers for entry into football are much more difficult. And as dangerous as water hazards can be, golf's a little bit safer of a game than football for the body.

 
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