John Elway filed an entry at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday to compete in the 39th U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor’s East Course June 28-July 1. Elway is the Open’s honorary chairman.
Elway spent his youth in California playing football and baseball. He seldom played golf.
That changed when he moved to Colorado in 1983 to play quarterback for the Denver Broncos. In offseasons, he retreated to golf courses to escape the pressure of leading the Broncos. He soon got hooked.
Elway boasts a scratch handicap, but he has no plans to triumph at this summer’s Open.
His putting stroke.
“The key thing, as with all amateurs, is the putting,” Elway said in 2016. “That’s the biggest difference.”
The greats, Elway said, “putt well every day.”
Elway suffers from a wide variety of football-related calamities, but he can still rip a soaring drive. He’s done throwing touchdowns. He will long find solitude and challenges on the golf course.
“As an athlete, it’s the one game that you can play forever,” he said. “It’s a game that is different every single day. It’s a game that you can’t ever get your arms around. It gives us ex-athletes a chance to compete, and I love the challenge of it.”
Elway, 57, is scheduled to compete in the Open’s sectional qualifying May 28.