Dallas QB Romo in the Hunt at Celebrity Event
Tony Romo was glad to be in dry pants after he fell in a pond before rallying to move into second place.
A new approach by Lawrence Taylor had him climbing the leaderboard. He knows it has nothing to do with his workout regimen.
I ran one time, said Taylor, the Hall of Famer who retired 15 years ago as one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history.
What year was that? I forgot what year it was but I didnt like it, he told reporters after he shot an even-par 72 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course to briefly take the lead in the clubhouse before Rhoden roared to the front.
Rhoden, a former pitcher, also shot a 72 to push his two-day total to 45 points in the modified Stableford scoring system that awards six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus 2 for double bogey or worse.
Romo took a spill in a pond on the first hole after losing his awkward footing on a steep bunker shot, but rebounded to shoot a 73 worth 43 points while his girlfriend, actress-singer Jessica Simpson, watched from the gallery.
Ex-hockey star Pierre Larouche was next at 41, followed by a group at 39 that included Taylor, NHL all-star Jeremy Roenick, four-time tourney champion Dan Quinn and ex-quarterback Mark Rypien, who won the inaugural event in 1990.
John Elway shot a 4-under-par 68, the best round of the day, to get into another group at 37 with actor Jack Wagner, and ex-NHL stars Brett Hull and Grant Fuhr.
Rhoden said hes looking forward to playing Sundays final round with Romo.
Theres a lot of people following him. Theres a lot of people following his girlfriend, said Rhoden, who missed a number of makable birdie putts Saturday.
I made five birdies but it felt like I made nine because I missed so many putts, he said. Im leading the tournament so I guess I should be happy.
Taylor, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and two-time Super Bowl winner in 12 seasons with the New York Giants, had three birdies and was 3-under par before bogeying three of the last four holes, hitting tall pine trees on most of them.
I used to play golf like I played football. Im all out. If theres trees in the way, people in the way, houses in the way, I dont care. Im still hitting it. Im hitting it toward the green and a lot of times you never know where the balls going to be, Taylor said.
I told myself this year if I get in trouble, just chip out because bogeys dont hurt you. So thats what I did, he said. He admitted he got tired the last few holes.
Its a long course to walk. I usually dont walk. Id take a cart to the green, putting if I could, Taylor said.
Romo said he tries to use golf as a tool to put himself in situations where hopefully you can think clearly under pressure.
The more times you do that, for me I think will help me in football, he said, adding that it was good to have Simpson cheering him on. She has been at more sporting events than people know.
Romo said he landed rear-end first in the pond and got wet up to my belly button. Roenick helped fish him out.
I rescued Tony Romo, Roenick said. I wish it was worth five points (in the Stableford system) because then Id be right there with 44 I think I was the difference between him getting his pants wet and his whole body wet. He was a true warrior out there today.
At the other end of the scoreboard Charles Barkley ran his two day total to minus 55. That was significantly worse than his next closest competitors, quarterbacks Trent Green at minus 40 and Jay Cutler at minus 39
Johnson, Moore co-lead Valero Texas Open through 36
SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson was going nowhere in the Valero Texas Open when it all changed with one putt.
He made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole of the opening round to stay at 2 under. He followed with a big drive, a hybrid into 12 feet and an eagle. Johnson was on his way, and he kept right on going Friday to a 7-under 65 and a share of the early 36-hole lead with Ryan Moore.
''You just never know. That's the beauty of this game,'' Johnson said. ''I felt like I was hitting some solid shots and wasn't getting rewarded, and you've just got to stay in it. You've got to persevere, grind it out, fight for pars. You just never know.''
Moore had three birdies over his last five holes for a 67 and joined Johnson at 9-under 135.
Ben Crane (66), Martin Laird (65) and David Hearn (68) were three shots out of the lead among those who played Friday morning. Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley shot 71 and were four shots behind at 5-under 139.
Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, might have a long stay in his first time at the Texas Open since 2010. Garcia shot an even-par 72, and at one point became so frustrated he threw his driver into the shrubs.
Garcia finished at 2-over 146 and was outside the cut. He was in jeopardy of missing his second straight cut, depending on afternoon scoring.
Johnson, a two-time winner of the Texas Open, appeared to be headed to a short week until the key par save on the 13th hole, followed by his eagle, par and three straight birdies. He began the second round Friday with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, a sixth birdie on the par-4 first hole, and then an eagle on the short par-4 fifth when he holed out from a greenside bunker.
The only sour taste to his second round was a three-putt bogey from about 30 feet on his final hole. Even so, the view was much better than it was Thursday afternoon.
Moore thought he had wasted a good birdie opportunity on the par-5 14th hole when he left his 50-foot eagle putt about 6 feet short. But he made that, and then holed a similar putt from 8 feet for birdie on the next hole and capped his good finish with a 15-foot putt on the 17th.
''That was a huge momentum putt there,'' Moore said of the 14th. ''It was a tough putt from down there with a lot of wind. That green is pretty exposed and ... yeah, really short and committed to that second putt really well and knocked it right in the middle.''
The birdies on the 14th and 15th were important to Moore because he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie tries to start the back nine.
''So it was nice to get those and get going in the right direction on the back,'' he said.
Daly-Allen team grabs Legends of Golf lead on Day 2
RIDGEDALE, Mo. - John Daly and Michael Allen took the second-round lead Friday in the cool and breezy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.
Daly and Allen shot an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course with wind gusting to 15 mph and the temperature only in the high-50s at Big Cedar Lodge. They had three birdies on the front nine in alternate-shot play and added five more on the back in better-ball play to get to 13 under.
''Michael and I go back to the South African days in the late 80s and playing that tour,'' Daly said. ''We've been buddies since. He's just fun to play with. We feed off each other pretty good. And if he's not comfortable guinea-pigging on one hole, I'll go first.''
On Thursday, they opened with a 66 on the regulation Buffalo Ridge course. They will rotate to the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course on Saturday, and return to Top of the Rock for the final round Sunday.
''I went to high school in Jeff City, so it's cool to have the fans behind us,'' Daly said.
Allen won the PGA Tour Champions team event with David Frost in 2012 and Woody Austin in 2016.
''I'm just here to free up John,'' Allen said. ''It was fun. Luckily, I started making good putts today. We just want to keep the good times rolling.''
Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco were a stroke back along with Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett. Singh and Franco had a 7-under 32 in best-ball play at Mountain Top, and Lehman-Langer and Broadhurst-Tripplet each shot 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock.
''Part of the issue here is all the tees are elevated, so you're up high hitting to a green that's down below and the wind is blowing, and there is more time for that wind to affect it,'' Lehman said. ''If you guess wrong on the wind, you can hit a really good shot and kind of look stupid.''
Former UCLA teammates Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe were two strokes back at 11 under with Steve Flesch and David Toms and the Spanish side of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez. McCarron-Jobe had a 47, and Jimenez-Olazabal a 48 at Top of the Rock, and Tom Flesch shot 34 at Mountain Top.
First-round leaders Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik had a 52 at Top of the Rock to fall three shots back at 10 under. Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly also were 10 under after a 32 at Mountain Top. Jay Haas aced the 131-yard seventh hole at Mountain Top with a gap wedge. Haas and fellow 64-year-old Peter Jacobsen were 8 under after a 32.
Football coach hates golf: Don't need practice swearing
Some football coaches are a little more talkative than others. On one side of the spectrum, there's Bill Belichick. On the other sits Washington State football coach Mike Leach.
Leach always delivers the goods, and when asked recently if he liked golf, he didn't hold back:
Mike Leach hates golf. Why? Because "it's boring and I don't care where that ball goes." And because he doesn't need practice swearing. pic.twitter.com/hmybj1411Y— Lindsay Joy (@SWXLindsayJoy) April 18, 2018
As wrong as the 57-year-old is on the topic (golf is awesome), the man makes some hilarious points:
• “It’s boring. I don’t care where that ball goes.”
• "Golfers are always practicing their swing. But you know what I never did? I never practice fishing in my living room.”
• "They'll line up over the ball and they'll say they're going to do something that you can't do with a sniper rifle and a scope, but they're going to do it with a stick and a ball."
• “Golf’s pretty much for people that don’t swear effectively enough or need practice. And so there are people that need golf, and I don’t think I do.”
So in conclusion, it's confirmed: Mike Leach - not a golf guy.
Quiros takes 1-shot lead in Morocco
RABAT, Morocco - Alvaro Quiros shot a solid 2-under 70 in windy conditions to push into a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Friday.
Quiros fought the elements, carding seven birdies and five bogeys to move to 7 under overall and take the outright lead at the halfway point of the European Tour event.
The Spaniard was one clear of Andrew Dodt, who moved into contention with a 4-under 68 at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course. Dodt dropped two shots in his first six holes but the Australian recovered from that shaky start to collect four birdies and an eagle.
Erik van Rooyen of South Africa was another shot back in third on 5 under after his 71.
Bradley Dredge of Wales, who shared the first-round lead with Quiros, slipped off the pace with a 1-over 73. He's tied for fourth with Austin Connelly of Canada (71), 4 under par and three shots behind Quiros.