Ballmer beats Couples, Seahawks in golf

RENTON, Wash. -- In a shocking upset, new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer defeated PGA golfer and Seattle native Fred Couples and three Seattle Seahawks in a golf-shot challenge after practice Wednesday.

The participants were hitting tee shots from the corner of the practice field overlooking Lake Washington to a floating green about 90 yards away.

The challenge was a promotion for the Boeing Classic PGA Champions Tour event this weekend at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Kicker Steve Hauschka, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and tight end Cooper Helfet participated in the challenge, but the two old guys beat them. Ballmer and Couples each put two of three shots on the floating green to force a playoff.

The funny thing was Ballmer skulled his third shot and hit a camera on the ground.

Couples hit a playoff shot that bounced off the green, but Ballmer managed to put another shot on the floating green to win it.

"He was phenomenal," Couples said of Ballmer. "He hit the green 80 percent of the time. He beat me. He's a good player."

Couples said he enjoys coming to Seahawks practices because he has been a big football fan his entire life.

"I went to U of H (University of Houston) and I knew a lot of football players there," Couples said. "I would go to every game. I‘m a sports nut, but I've only been to a few practices out here."

Couples became a Seahawks season-ticket holder last year, but didn't get to use them every game.

"And I had tickets to the Super Bowl and did not get to go," he said. "Maybe the biggest mistake I'll every make. I only have a couple more years of playing [golf], then I won't miss any [Seahawks] games. I love watching talented people do that they do best."