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Watson Lietzke Looking For Advantage

Its worked for decades on the PGA Tour. It was an overwhelming success this year on the Nationwide Tour. And now the Champions Tour is trying its hand at the celebrity pro-am format.
Formerly known as the TD Waterhouse Championship, the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am will take place this week in Kansas City, Mo.
Celebrities, including many from the area, will pair with professionals in a team competition Friday and Saturday. The pros, of course, will have their own 54-hole individual event.
Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer George Brett, who also acts as tournament chairman, is in the field. Former Kansas City Chiefs star cornerback Deron Cherry is also playing, as is former Chiefs and current San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer.
Other celebrities include Hootie and The Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, actors John OHurly (Seinfeld) and Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), and professionals Peter Jacobsen and Suzy Whaley.
Whaley is playing in the celebrity pro-am in preparation for her PGA Tour appearance in June at the Greater Hartford Open.
Following a four-year stint at Tiffany Greens Golf Club, the event has moved to The National Golf Club of Kansas City.
The host course is a Tom Watson design. Watson is a Kansas City native. Last week, the tour played in Austin, Texas, where Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite were born.
Bruce Lietzke is the defending champion. He is trying to become the first player to successfully defend his title, in the tournaments 17th year of existence.
Lietzke is also trying to be the tours first multiple winner of the season. Thus far, there have been 11 events played with 11 different winners. Lietzke prevailed in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
Watson would like to make that 12-for-12. He lost in a playoff to Irwin in Austin.
The purse is $1.6 million, with $240,000 going to the winner.
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