Two-sport phenom? Djokovic trades in racquet for driver at Ryder Cup

Novak Djokovic showed off a different type of grass game on Wednesday, as the 24-time major champion played in the Ryder Cup All-Star game.

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It’s never been a secret that Novak Djokovic can do it all on a tennis court. What has been kept relatively quiet is the fact that the 24-time Grand Slam champion also knows his way around the gold course.

Djokovic wowed fans at the Ryder Cup All-Star game on Wednesday as he competed alongside Kipp Popert as part of Colin Montgomerie’s team, which also featured soccer star Gareth Bale.

Djokovic usually takes to the clay in Italy, at the Foro Italico where he is a six-time champion, but he was equally assertive at  Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio, northeast of Rome.

“It’s such an honor, a golden opportunity for a once in a lifetime experience,” Djokovic said on the first tee. “Thanks to all the fans for coming and putting a bit of extra pressure on us on the first tee. It’s a unique experience.”

Djokovic’s team won 3-1, and the Serbian legend didn’t just have fun with his appearance, he also managed some spectacular shots.

“I’ve never played golf in front of this many people, so considering my level I think I’ve played quite well,” Djokovic said.

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