Rice shot a 12-over 83 in the first round of a Nationwide Tour event in Hayward, California.
The NFL's all-time touchdown leader shanked his first shot off the tee into deep weeds and ended up with a double-bogey. Things didn't improve from there.
He does, however, think things are going to get better.
"My first NFL starts were bumpy -- I was dropping footballs all over the place," Rice, who is tied for 153rd place in the 155-player field, said in a blog he's writing for the PGA Tour's Web site. "And my putter is toast. I am going to melt it down. You won't see it again."Rice is the eighth player from another sport to try his hand swinging a club on the Nationwide Tour, joining Brett Hull and Ivan Lendl.
In his blog, Rice said he was hoping to shoot his jersey number, which was 80. He'll try again today.