Barkley Romo headline Celebrity field

By Associated PressJuly 17, 2009, 4:00 pm
STATELINE, Nev. ' Although golfs top players were in Scotland there was some celebrity power at Lake Tahoe on Friday, where Tony Romo was among those vying for the lead and Charles Barkley was testing out his new swing with varying success.
 
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback and the NBA Hall-of-Famer-turne-television-analyst were among 89 past and present sports stars, actors and politicians competing for the $600,000 purse in the first round of the 20th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course.
 
Barkley, the long shot in the field who was paired with actor Ray Romano, spent several months earlier this year trying to revamp his swing during a Golf Channel series with Tiger Woods swing coach, Hank Haney.
 
Ray, are you doing the Haney Project next year? Barkley asked Romano. Hanks a yeller and a screamer.
 
Sos my wife, Romano shot back before plugging his latest animated movie with the gallery on the first tee. Why arent you people at Ice Age?''
 
The field included Wayne Gretzky, introduced as the greatest hockey player of all time; Jerry Rice, the greatest wide receiver in NFL history; and ultimate fighter Chuck Liddell, the toughest man in the field.
 
Michael Jordan, a tourney regular who has tired of the lengthy mention of his accomplishments during the introductions over the years, requested he be introduced only as playing out of Chicago, Ill.
 
Fridays round featured some of sports fans all-time dream pairings:
 
  • Romo with NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks John Elway and Dan Marino
     
  • Jordan with NBA greats Ray Allen and Penny Hardaway
     
  • Gretzky with former NHL All-Stars Pierre Larouche and Grant Fuhr
     
  • Running backs Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen and Marshall Faulk, who had a hole-in-one on the 169-yard, par-3 17th that borders the lake.
     
    Before Barkley teed off, the mayor of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., thanked him for contributing $190,000 the past two years to a fund for victims of a wildfire that burned more than 250 homes at Lake Tahoe in 2007. He also presented him with a blown-up copy of a $5 betting ticket with Barkleys 750-1 odds ' which actually dropped to 499-1 by the time play began.
     
    Ive heard you may want to get into politics, Jerry Birdwell said about the most popular golfer on the course. I hope you dont decide to run for mayor of South Lake Tahoe because Id be out of a job.
     
    Barkleys stop-and-go swing showed some improvement, hitting his first drive more than 225 yards down the right side of the fairway. But he let a few expletives go and slammed his bag with his club when he chipped into a greenside bunker on the par-3 5th and couldnt get out in three shots.
     
    Nevertheless, he and Romano entertained the biggest gallery on the mountain course that winds through tall pines along the azure lake atop the Sierra.
     
    All that weightlifting aint paying off for me, Ray, Barkley said before his 60-foot putt for par came up an inch short on the par-3 7th.
     
    Its an easy game, he deadpanned after the tap-in bogey, his best score of the day at that point.
     
    Romanos par on the same hole cost him $20 when he told a boy on the tee hed give him that much if his tee shot landed on the green, and it did.
     
    Youre probably going to follow me around now, he told the boy after producing the money.
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    Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

    The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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    Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

    The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

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    Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

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