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Steve Ballmer at the University of Washington commencement in June.
Steve Ballmer at the University of Washington commencement in June.

If you’ve ever wondered what Steve Ballmer is like on the golf course, well, here’s your chance.

The former Microsoft CEO is participating in the “Snoqualmie Showdown,” a four-man charity golf competition put on by KJR sports radio host Mitch Levy on Aug. 2.

Ballmer will team up with Seattle native and professional golfer Fred Couples. The duo will battle Levy and former college football coach Rick Neuheisel in an alternate-shot competition at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Fans who attend will be able to walk the fairways alongside Ballmer, as there will be no ropes restricting access to the course. That means you can see if Ballmer is really as good — or bad — at golf as the stats show.

As we detailed in May, Ballmer has been hitting the links quite a bit since he retired from Microsoft earlier this year. But recently, although he’s played 18 times in the last two months alone, it doesn’t appear that the 58-year-old is improving much.

Here’s a look at his past rounds. His handicap back in May was 11.2 — it has actually risen by 0.1 since then:


Ballmer has the highest handicap of the four-some, meaning he’s the worst golfer of the bunch:

But he will have a professional on his team in Couples, which should set the stage for an exciting showdown next month. Tickets are $100, and you can purchase them here.

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