February 18, 2010 / 5:03 AM / 9 years ago

Spike orders timely "Back Nine" golf pilot

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Men’s cable channel Spike TV is teeing up a golf-themed pilot featuring a sex-addicted character named Tiger — just in time for Tiger Woods’ return to the spotlight.

“Back Nine” stars “The Dukes of Hazzard” alum John Schneider as Ronnie Barnes, a hard-drinking, larger-than-life, washed-up former U.S. Open champion. He travels the country competing in small-time tournaments with his caddy, the aforementioned Tiger, in order to qualify again for the PGA Tour.

Miguel Nunez is in negotiations to play Tiger in the project written by Jason Filardi (“17 Again”) and Mark Perez (“Accepted”).

Spike put the “Back Nine” script on the fast track almost a year ago. The Tiger character was part of that early script and preceded by more than a year Woods’ November car crash that opened the floodgates to allegations about his extramarital affairs. Woods is expected to address those allegations publicly for the first time Friday.

Schneider recently had recurring roles on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “90210” and “Nip/Tuck.”

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