My No. 1 goal is to win money in the casino, Charles Barkley said before the 16th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe. My No. 2 goal is to not hit anybody.
The former NBA star is among dozens of athletes and celebrities who will play in the $500,000 tournament that runs Friday through Sunday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
I play golf because of the great camaraderie, Barkley said in last weeks teleconference call. I get to play with somebody I really admire, whether its Dan Marino or Emmitt Smith or Michael Jordan.
Former NHL player Dan Quinn is the favorite to win his third straight celebrity championship. A 500-to-1 long shot, Barkley finds some comfort that Chris Webber of the Philadelphia 76ers is in the field again.
Thank God C. Web is going to be there. If I cant beat C. Web, I really have to give this game up, Barkley said. That guy shot 130 (last year) and we gave him like 50 shots.
Marino, Smith and Jordan are back for another shot at the $100,000 first-place check along with former vice president Dan Quayle and Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.
Those making their debut include actors Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Don Cheadle and Cheryl Ladd, along with ESPNs Dan Patrick and Danielle Amiee, winner of The Golf Channels Big Break III: Ladies Only.