He started playing about seven years ago, encouraged by another native Chicago baller, Antoine Walker.
"He said, 'You will love it,' " Mohammed recalled. "Immediately, I was hooked."
If he's not with his wife and kids, Mohammed said his ideal day would go like this: Play nine holes, hit balls, play nine more holes, hit more balls. He loves to practice almost as much as he enjoys the sound of a ball hitting the bottom of a cup. When he can't sleep, he turns on Golf Channel.
He plays at public tracks on the North Shore such as Highland Park, Deerpath, Crane's Landing and Deerfield. When he's home in Louisville, Ky., he often tees it up at Valhalla, which hosted the 2008 Ryder Cup.
"Coach P is competitive," Mohammed said. "He asks me my handicap, and I say, '14 to 18, depending on the time of year.' He says, 'OK, then I'm an 18.'
"Tubby wants you to give him every putt: 'That's good, isn't it?' "
Mohammed's golf highlight? He made two aces in the same week. For real.
They came three years ago while in Charlotte, his sixth of eight NBA teams. He was playing with a stranger at Ballantyne when he holed out an 8-iron.
"I didn't know him or anything, and we were jumping up and down," Mohammed said.
A few days later, he was playing alone at Regent Park and swished one from 123 yards.
"He has a nice game," a well-known professional said. "I don't think he hits it a mile, but he hits every fairway. Perfect cut shot."
Couples uttered those words Friday after his round at the Encompass Championship.
And he didn't qualify with "for a big guy."
18 Holes with … Nazr Mohammed
Five-second bio: The backup center expects to return to his hometown Bulls next season.
Where: Conway Farms, Lake Forest ("Blue-plus" tees: 6,691 yards).
Mohammed's handicap: "14 to 18, depending on the time of year."
What he shot: 100.
Why he loves golf: "The pursuit of perfection."