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Jesse Lee Soffer Showing Off His Amazing Golf Skills Will Make You Smile

The former Chicago P.D. star has a hidden skill.

By Jackie Manno

It turns out former Chicago P.D. star Jesse Lee Soffer (Jay Halstead) has a major talent other than acting, and none of us can say we're surprised. 

How to Watch

Watch the Season 12 premiere of Chicago P.D. Wednesday, September 25 at 10/9c on NBC

On January 21, Soffer posted an Instagram clip of himself hitting seriously impressive shot while on a golf course. He makes a fluid swing as the ball goes far into the horizon, and Soffer confidently strolled back to the camera.

"I call it 3 iron smokesauce. Follow me for more recipes," he cheekily captioned the post. See the clip down later in this article!

In a 2018 interview with The Associated Press, Soffer discussed where his fondness for golf stems from. 

"I played sports growing up, I played sports my whole life. I played soccer, I rode on the crew team. Tennis. Basketball. And now [my] knees and ankles have kinda fallen apart after years of impact. Sometime last year, I found myself completely addicted to golf. I find myself spending all of my free time and all of my money on this sport that I suck at, and its not gonna take me anywhere, but I can't help it. So I think I need an intervention," he said with a laugh. 

"A bunch of buddies have also gotten addicted, I'm trying to get other friends and family members addicted so I have people to play with. I'm like giving people golf presents...but that's my new thing. If I shoot a 90, it's a great day," he added. 

Jesse Lee Soffer's Chicago P.D. exit 

Soffer left Chicago P.D. in the third episode of Season 10 when his character, Jay Halstead, took a job with the army, and got stationed in Bolivia to track down drug cartels. In another twist, he ended up ghosting his wife, Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos), triggering a whirlwind of conflicted emotions for her. 

RELATED: Jesse Lee Soffer's Message to Fans After Chicago P.D. Exit

In an interview with NBC Insider, showrunner Gwen Sigan explained the thought process behind the choice to have Soffer leave the show. 

"We all really wanted to do justice for Halstead's character as best we could — to who he's been for the show — we really wanted to make that decision to leave his own decision. For it to come from him," she says. "It felt important to keep him alive and keep him out in the world trying to do good. The idea of him getting back to who he was gave us that opportunity. The army's always been integral to who he is. I think that time with the rangers shaped him, his morals, his compass, and it was fitting that he'd want to get back to that; to some sort of simplicity and an idea of 'right and wrong,'" she told us. 

Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead in Chicago P.D

RELATED: Jesse Lee Soffer Returned to the Chicago P.D. Set for Season 11 — Kind Of

Fans got more answers about the uncertain nature of Halstead and Upton's relationship when it was revealed that the two officially divorced during the premiere of Season 11. In the episode titled "Unpacking," we catch a quick glimpse of Upton handling some divorce papers. In another interview with NBC Insider, Sigan confirmed that Halstead and Upton's legal divorce is now official. 

"It's nice that it happened offscreen and that now things are in a place of closure as far as pragmatically speaking, but not as far as emotionally speaking," she told us when discussing what went behind the creative desicion. "Yeah, and just getting to see now that we've gotten there, we can actually concentrate on what's next for her, you know? What's next and what is the light outside of it? Because that relationship wasn't all bad, but it's just that pain has been the dominant thing that we got to see last season, so now what is it? What is it gonna look like?"