Romo has 1st round lead at Tahoe celebrity golf

By Associated PressJuly 17, 2009, 4:00 pm
STATELINE, Nev. ' Although golfs top players were in Scotland, there was some celebrity power at Lake Tahoe on Friday as Tony Romo shot a 3-under-par 69 to take the first-round lead and Charles Barkley avoided last place ' barely ' at the 20th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.
 
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback and the NBA Hall of Famer- turned-television analyst are among 89 past and present sports stars, actors and politicians competing through Sunday for the $600,000 purse at Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course.
 
Romo, who once came within one qualifying spot to play in a U.S. Open Championship, had seven birdies including three of the first four holes.
 
Anytime you can get off to a good start it makes it easier, he said. Its all about consistency in this game. Its no different than any other sport.
 
Romo tallied 27 points in the modified Stableford format that awards six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse.
 
Rick Rhoden, the former pitcher who has won the tourney a record seven times and nearly qualified for the U.S. Senior Open Championship earlier this month, was two points off the lead with 25 points. Next were NHL Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr with 24 and ex-quarterback Trent Dilfer with 23.
 
Im right in the mix and feeling like I didnt play worth a dang, said Rhoden, who had two 3-putts along with a 4-putt after reaching the 570-yard, par-5 No. 3 in two. We all knew Tony Romo is a good player. I told my friends hes going to win some of these tournaments.
 
Romo declined to comment about his reported break-up with actress Jessica Simpson, who watched him play to a third-place finish last year. On one hole along the lake, four bikini-clad women on a boat held up a sign Friday that read, Romo, were single 2.
 
Im not going to talk about my personal life, but I appreciate you asking, he told reporters.
 
Marshall Faulk, who played in a running back super group with Emmitt Smith and Marcus Allen, had a hole-in-one on the 169-yard, par-3 17th that borders the lake. That was worth eight of his 11 points total.
 
Barkley, the longshot in the field who was paired with actor Ray Romano, finished the day in second-to-last place with minus-30 points ' six better than ultimate fighter Chuck Liddellm, who made his tourney debut.
 
I played horrible, Barkley said. I just choked like a dog.
 
It was a disappointing effort after he had spent several months earlier this year trying to revamp his swing during a Golf Channel series with Tiger Woods swing coach, Hank Haney.
 
Ray, are you doing the Haney Project next year? Barkley asked Romano. Hanks a yeller and a screamer.
 
Sos my wife, Romano shot back before plugging his latest animated movie with the gallery on the first tee. Why arent you people at Ice Age?
 
The mayor of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., thanked Barkley for contributing $190,000 the past two years to a fund for victims of a wildfire that burned more than 250 homes at Lake Tahoe in 2007. He also presented him with a blown-up copy of a $5 betting ticket with Barkleys 750-1 odds ' which actually dropped to 499-1 by the time play began.
 
'Ive heard you may want to get into politics, Jerry Birdwell said about the most popular golfer on the course. I hope you dont decide to run for mayor of South Lake Tahoe because Id be out of a job.
 
Barkleys stop-and-go swing showed some improvement, hitting his first drive more than 225 yards down the right side of the fairway. But he let a few expletives go and slammed his bag with his club when he chipped into a greenside bunker on the par-3 5th and couldnt get out in three shots.
 
Nevertheless, he and Romano entertained the biggest gallery on the course.
 
All that weightlifting aint paying off for me, Ray, Barkley said before his 60-foot putt for par came up an inch short on the par-3 7th.
 
Its an easy game, he deadpanned after the tap-in bogey, one of three on the day with all the rest double bogey or worse.
 
Romanos par on the same hole cost him $20 when he told a boy on the tee hed give him that much if his tee shot landed on the green, and it did.
 
Youre probably going to follow me around now, he told the boy after producing the money.
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Twitter spat turns into fundraising opportunity

By Rex HoggardMay 25, 2018, 6:30 pm

Country music star Jake Owen, along with Brandt Snedeker, has turned a spat on Twitter into a fundraising campaign that will support Snedeker’s foundation.

On Thursday, Owen was criticized during the opening round of the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Golf Open, which benefits the Snedeker Foundation, for his poor play after opening with an 86.

In response, Snedeker and country singer Chris Young pledged $5,000 for every birdie that Owen makes on Friday in a campaign called NGO Birdies for Kids

Although Owen, who is playing the event on a sponsor exemption, doesn’t tee off for Round 2 in Nashville until 2 p.m. (CT), the campaign has already generated interest, with NBC Sports/Golf Channel analyst Peter Jacobsen along with Web.com Tour player Zac Blair both pledging $100 for every birdie Owen makes.

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Noren so impressed by Rory: 'I'm about to quit golf'

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 5:33 pm

Alex Noren won the BMW PGA Championship last year, one of his nine career European Tour victories.

He opened his title defense at Wentworth Club in 68-69 and is tied for fourth through two rounds. Unfortunately, he's five back of leader Rory McIlroy. And after playing the first two days alongside McIlroy, Noren, currently ranked 19th in the world, doesn't seem to like his chances of back-to-back wins.

McIlroy opened in 67 and then shot a bogey-free 65 in second round, which included pars on the pair of par-5 finishing holes. Noren walked away left in awe.

"That's the best round I've ever seen," Noren said. "I'm about to quit golf, I think."

Check out the full interview below:

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Bubba gets to drive dream car: K.I.T.T. from 'Knight Rider'

By Grill Room TeamMay 25, 2018, 4:42 pm

Bubba Watson is a known car aficionado.

He purchased the original General Lee from the 1980’s TV show “Dukes of Hazzard” – later saying he was going to paint over the Confederate flag on the vehicle’s roof.

He also auctioned off his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk custom roadster and raised $410,000 for Birdies for the Brave.

He showed off images of his off-road Jeep two years ago.

And he even bought a car dealership near his hometown of Milton, Fla.

While recently appearing on the TV show “Jay Leno’s Garage,” the former “Tonight Show” host surprised Watson with another one of his dream cars: K.I.T.T.

The 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was made famous in the ‘80s action show “Knight Rider.”

Though, Bubba didn’t get to keep this one, he did get to drive it.

Bubba Watson gets behind the wheel of his dream car—the KITT from Knight Rider from CNBC.

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Cut Line: USGA readies for Shinnecock 'mulligan'

By Rex HoggardMay 25, 2018, 3:26 pm

In this week’s Memorial weekend edition, the European team adheres to the Ryder Cup secret formula, the USGA readies for the ultimate mulligan at next month’s U.S. Open and a bizarre finish at the Florida Mid-Am mystifies the Rules of Golf.

Made Cut

Cart golf. When the U.S. side announced the creation of a Ryder Cup task force following the American loss at Gleneagles in 2014, some Europeans privately – and publicly – snickered.

The idea that the secret sauce could be found in a meeting room did stretch the bounds of reason, yet two years later the U.S. team emerged as winners at Hazeltine National and suddenly the idea of a task force, which is now called a committee, didn’t seem so silly.

To Europe’s credit, they’ve always accomplished this cohesion organically, pulling together their collective knowledge with surprising ease, like this week when European captain Thomas Bjorn rounded out his vice captain crew.

Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald (a group that has a combined 47-40-13 record in the matches) were all given golf cart keys and will join Robert Karlsson as vice captains this year in Paris.

Perhaps it took the Americans a little longer to figure out, but Bjorn knows it’s continuity that wins Ryder Cups.



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The USGA’s mulligan. The U.S. Open is less than a month away and with it one of the most anticipated returns in recent major championship history.

The last time the national championship was played at Shinnecock Hills was in 2004 and things didn’t go well, particularly on Sunday when play had to be stopped to water some greens that officials deemed had become unplayable. This week USGA executive director Mike Davis was asked about the association’s last trip to the Hamptons and, to his credit, he didn’t attempt to reinvent history.

“Looking back at 2004, and at parts of that magnificent day with Retief (Goosen) and Phil Mickelson coming down to the end, there are parts that we learned from,” Davis said. “I’m happy we got a mulligan this time. We probably made a bogey last time, maybe a double bogey.”

Put another way, players headed to next month’s championship should look forward to what promises to be a Bounce Back Open.

Tweet of the week:

Homa joined a chorus of comments following Aaron Wise’s victory on Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson, which included an awkward moment when his girlfriend, Reagan Trussell, backed away as Wise was going in for a kiss.

“No hard feelings at all,” Wise clarified this week. “We love each other a ton and we're great. It was a funny moment that I think we'll always be able to look back at, but that's all it really was.”


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Strength of field. The European Tour gathers this week in England for the circuit’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, and like the PGA Tour’s marquee stop, The Players, the event appears headed for a new spot on the calendar next year.

As the PGA Tour inches closer to announcing the 2018-19 schedule, which will feature countless new twists and turns including the PGA Championship’s move to May and The Players shift back to March, it also seems likely the makeover will impact the European Tour schedule.

Although the BMW PGA currently draws a solid field, with this week’s event sporting a higher strength of field than the Fort Worth Invitational on the PGA Tour, it’s likely officials won’t want to play the event a week after the PGA Championship (which is scheduled for May 16-19 next year).

In fact, it’s been rumored that the European Tour could move all eight of its Rolex Series events, which are billed as “unmissable sporting occasions,” out of the FedExCup season window, which will end on Aug. 25 next year.

Although the focus has been on how the new PGA Tour schedule will impact the U.S. sports calendar, the impact of the dramatic makeover stretches will beyond the Lower 48.

Rules of engagement. For a game that at times seems to struggle with too much small print and antiquated rules, it’s hard to understand how things played out earlier this month at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship.

In a story first reported by GolfChannel.com, Jeff Golden claimed he was assaulted on May 13 by Brandon Hibbs – the caddie for his opponent, Marc Dull, in the championship’s final match. Golden told police that Hibbs struck him because of a rules dispute earlier in the round. Hibbs denied any involvement, and police found no evidence of an attack.

The incident occurred during a weather delay and Golden conceded the match to Dull after the altercation, although he wrote in a post on Twitter this week that he was disappointed with the Florida State Golf Association’s decision to accept his concession.

“The FSGA has one job, and that’s to follow the Rules of Golf,” Golden wrote. “Unfortunately, there’s no rule for an inebriated ‘ex-caddie’ punching a player in a match-play rain delay with no witnesses.”

Because of the conflicting statements, it’s still not clear what exactly happened that day at Coral Creek Club, but the No. 1 rule in golf – protecting the competition and the competitors – seems to have fallen well short.