Two weeks ago, Thorpe missed the cut at the Senior PGA Championship. But last week he won the Farmers Charity Classic for his first victory of the season. This week, he hardly knows what to expect as he prepares to play the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am in the Kansas City area.
Golf is a funny game, said the 55-year-old Thorpe. We take turns out here every week beating one another. One thing that shocked me the last four or five years is how good the level of play still is with these guys.
Gil Morgan went over the $1 million mark in season earnings when he tied for third in the Farmers. Morgan earned $96,000 to move him to $1,049,791. He stands alone at the top in the money category over runner-up Hale Irwin, who has amassed $998,502.
The real jockeying is going on in positions 4 through 7, though. Bruce Fleisher clings to the No. 4 spot with $778,041, but that is less than $100,000 than No. 7 D.A. Weibring has earned. And between the two are Craig Stadler and Tom Jenkins.
Irwin and Fleisher are the only players to win twice this year. And Morgan has finished in the top 10 in 10 of 13 finishes.
Jay Sigel is the defending Bayer Advantage champion.
For the second year in a row, the event is featuring a unique format, allowing celebrities to pair with Champions Tour pros in a team competition Friday and Saturday, while the pros also play individually Friday through Sunday.
Some of the celebs in the field are: Baseball hall of famer and tournament chairman George Brett, fellow hall of famer Reggie Jackson, former Kansas City Chiefs' standout Deron Cherry, former Kansas City Royals' relief ace Jeff Montgomery, former 1984 National League Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe, actor Kevin Sorbo, former major league umpire Steve Palermo and amateur golf stars Nick Flanagan and Alina Lee. Flanagan was the 2003 U.S. Amateur champion.
A combination of 74 celebrities and amateurs will tee off with Champions Tour professionals on Friday and Saturday, and the field will be trimmed to the low 14 amateur/celebrities for play on Sunday.
Editors Note: Information from The Sports Network was used in this report.