John Schroeder is the reigning champion, though hes finding defending championships is a difficult task.
Schroeder won once on the PGA Tour ' the 1973 Liggett and Myers Open Match Play ' only to have the tournament fold the following year when the sponsor pulled out.
It took another 28 years before he would find the winners circle again in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, and now hes battling a hernia operation. He has played in only three events in the last month and a half.
I am hopeful that everything will be fine and I will get back up to speed, Schroeder said.
Last year, Schroeder shot 68 in the final round at the Upper Montclair Country Club to enter a playoff with 1999 champion Allen Doyle. Schroeder birdied the final hole, while Doyle made bogey. Schroeder then won his first Senior event with a par on the second extra hole.
The NFL players competition begins with a two-day pro-am Wednesday and Thursday. The 26 players with the lowest scores will advance to Fridays 18-hole round (scores from the first 36 holes will not carry over). The 12 players with the lowest 18-hole scores Friday will advance to Saturdays round, and the six players with the lowest 18-hole scores Saturday will advance to Sundays final round. The player with the low 18-hole score Sunday will be the winner.
Fifty-four NFL players including seven Super Bowl MVPs and six Hall of Fame players are in the field. The Super Bowl MVPs are: former Denver quarterback John Elway (1999), Denver running back Terrell Davis (1998), Dallas running back Emmitt Smith (1994), New York Giants running back O.J. Anderson (1991), Oakland wide receiver Jerry Rice (1989), former Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders running back Marcus Allen (1984) and former Pittsburgh wide receiver Lynn Swann (1976).
The Hall of Fame players in the field are: former Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts running back Eric Dickerson, former Los Angeles Rams defensive end Deacon Jones, former Pittsburgh linebacker Jack Ham, former Raiders defensive back Mike Haynes, former San Diego tight end Kellen Winslow and Swann.
Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Glen Foley won the NFL title a year ago.
NFL players will compete for $170,000. Each players earnings will be donated to a charity of his choosing. The Seniors will be playing for a $1.3 million purse, with $195,000 going to the winner.
Full field and tee times for the NFL Golf Classic