Charles Barkley a long shot at Tahoe celebrity golf event
He doesnt expect to make it on to the leader board.
Lets be realistic, said Barkley, given one chance in 500 to win the 75-player tournament. Theres probably five to 10 guys who have a legitimate shot at winning this thing.
Barkley has finished last twice and tied for the bottom spot another time. Hes never lacked for fans, though. He tends to draw the largest, most rollicking galleries, along with actors Ray Romano and Kevin Nealon.
The top golfers among the past and present sports stars and celebrities when the tournament begins Friday at Lake Tahoe will include ex-major league pitcher Rick Rhoden, former hockey stars Dan Quinn and Grant Fuhr and current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Rhoden, the 9-5 favorite who barely missed qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open earlier this month, is the defending champ in search of a record eighth career victory in the 54-hole tournament at Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course.
Other multiple champs include Quinn, who has done it four times, and ex-quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver, who has won twice, most recently in 2005.
But theres always a number of competitions within the tournament, side wagers like when Barkley and former NBA star Chris Webber bet $50,000 on who would finish last in 2005 and 2006.
Webber collected both times for his favorite charity.
It turns out there is one contest Barkley thinks he someday might have a chance to win ' thanks to a monthslong series of lessons from Tiger Woods swing coach, Hank Haney.
One of my goals is to win the Black Masters one year. Thats my only goal, Barkley said during a teleconference promoting NBC Sports made-for-TV event.
We call Lake Tahoe the Black Masters because we have our own tournament. Youve got to be a quarterback or hockey player (to win) so the black guys, we joke around, we call it the Black Masters, he said.
Barkley said his real purpose at the event is to enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe, socialize with friends, talk with fans ' and sing karaoke in the casino lounges.
Marcus Allen is the karaoke king, just for the record. Weve got Jerry Rice and all those guys up there singing karaoke for three or four hours. It is crazy every night, he said.
It aint like Im going to bed at 10 oclock. Aint like Im going to lose the tournament because I didnt get a good nights sleep.
Barkley admits he might change his ways if he ever managed to put together three good rounds of golf.
Hypothetically in the next few years if Im leading the Black Masters one night, you can be damn sure Im going to go to bed and try to get the major.
Former all-star outfielder Vince Coleman said he, Barkley, Michael Jordan and Ahmad Rashad launched the special competition a decade ago because most of the black former pro athletes playing at Tahoe then had started golfing only after their careers in other sports ended.
We havent talked about that in years. But now Charles is bringing it up again because hes all excited about his new golf swing, Coleman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Former NBA all-star Alonzo Mourning is among this years tourney newcomers and is already focused on the first tee.
Dont shank it. Thats it. Just hit it straight, said Mourning, who has memberships at five different golf courses in south Florida.
Im not going to go out there and embarrass myself. Ill hold my own, he said. But if I played this game for a living, Id be homeless.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
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.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18