John Elway, Jerry Rice, Mike Schmidt, Charles Barkley, Tim Brown, Drew Brees, Dan Quayle, Donald Trump, Ray Romano, LaDainian Tomlinson and Chris Webber are among the 80 athletes and entertainers playing in the three-day tournament that begins Friday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
Jordan, a new part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, has been a frequent participant in the event but decided to take a year off.
'Michael's assistant cited personal issues that recently arose for his not being able to play this year,' tournament spokesman Phil Weidinger said. 'He's been a mainstay of the event and has played the past four years and we expect him back in 2007.'
Jordan has played 11 times in the 54-hole tourney, his best finish coming in his debut in 1990, when he was ninth. His best round was a 1-under-par 71 in 1993. He finished 36th last year and 18th in 2004.