Romo has 1st round lead at Tahoe celebrity golf

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 as Tony Romo shot a 3-under-par 69 to take the first-round lead and Charles Barkley avoided last place ' barely ' at the 20th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.
 
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback and the NBA Hall of Famer- turned-television analyst are among 89 past and present sports stars, actors and politicians competing through Sunday for the $600,000 purse at Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course.
 
Romo, who once came within one qualifying spot to play in a U.S. Open Championship, had seven birdies including three of the first four holes.
 
Anytime you can get off to a good start it makes it easier, he said. Its all about consistency in this game. Its no different than any other sport.
 
Romo tallied 27 points in the modified Stableford format that awards six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse.
 
Rick Rhoden, the former pitcher who has won the tourney a record seven times and nearly qualified for the U.S. Senior Open Championship earlier this month, was two points off the lead with 25 points. Next were NHL Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr with 24 and ex-quarterback Trent Dilfer with 23.
 
Im right in the mix and feeling like I didnt play worth a dang, said Rhoden, who had two 3-putts along with a 4-putt after reaching the 570-yard, par-5 No. 3 in two. We all knew Tony Romo is a good player. I told my friends hes going to win some of these tournaments.
 
Romo declined to comment about his reported break-up with actress Jessica Simpson, who watched him play to a third-place finish last year. On one hole along the lake, four bikini-clad women on a boat held up a sign Friday that read, Romo, were single 2.
 
Im not going to talk about my personal life, but I appreciate you asking, he told reporters.
 
Marshall Faulk, who played in a running back super group with Emmitt Smith and Marcus Allen, had a hole-in-one on the 169-yard, par-3 17th that borders the lake. That was worth eight of his 11 points total.
 
Barkley, the longshot in the field who was paired with actor Ray Romano, finished the day in second-to-last place with minus-30 points ' six better than ultimate fighter Chuck Liddellm, who made his tourney debut.
 
I played horrible, Barkley said. I just choked like a dog.
 
It was a disappointing effort after he had 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 mayor of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., thanked Barkley 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 course.
 
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, one of three on the day with all the rest double bogey or worse.
 
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.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.