South Shore, Lake Tahoe, NV (Sports Network) - Betting favorite Tony Romo and
much-improved Aaron Rodgers are paired with Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry
Rice in the featured group at 1:55 p.m. (ET) Friday at the 54-hole American
Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
Romo is the favorite at 5/2 odds. However, not everyone is convinced he will
"I don't know, Tony's a good player," said eight-time champion Rick Rhoden, who
is paired with inaugural champ Mark Rypien and four-time champ Dan Quinn in the
first round. "I expect him (Romo) to win this tournament a few times. He just
needs to get in more tournaments."
Last year's winner Jack Wagner, who also won in 2006, is grouped with three-
time winner Billy Joe Tolliver and long-hitting Brett Hull at 1:15 p.m. And
crowd favorites Charles Barkley and Ray Romano, two golf-lovers who failed the
Hank Haney project, will be joined by actor Brian Baumgartner at 2:25 p.m.
Barkley, who has played in each Tahoe event since 1993, is the long shot in the
field, at 1000-1 odds.
"I wouldn't bet on me unless you've got some money to waste," said Barkley.
"No, I wouldn't put any money on me. Youve got a better chance if you put it
in a slot machine."
The tournament uses a Stableford scoring system that awards graduated points
for pars or better. Wagner is one of four players who have played in all 22
past Tahoe events.
The event will be televised by NBC Sports Network from 4-7 p.m. (ET) on Friday
and by NBC on Saturday and Sunday from 3-6 p.m. (ET).
Courtesy of Craig Smith, former director of media relations for the USGA.
The Sports Network