Ping I10; (five through pitching wedge)
Dynamic Gold Superlite (X flex)
THIS WEEK'S MAIN EVENT
THE AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP
When the king of celebrity events is played this week in South Lake Tahoe, Nev., seven-time winner and defending champ Rick Rhoden will no doubt be the favorite. Still, at least one first-time participant could provide an unexpected challenge—after all, who wants to anger MMA fighter Chuck Liddell? Other newcomers include Shane Battier, Anfernee Hardaway, Matt Ryan and Ken Whisenhunt. After debuting with a tie for third last year, Tony Romo could provide a challenge, and Charles Barkley will be putting his new Hank Haney--built swing to the test. Don't sleep on John Elway, though. The Hall of Fame quarterback is one of only six participants to tee it up in all 19 playings of the event. He has finished as high as fifth, in 1998, and was 10th last year.
Since 1980 nine courses have played host to the British Open, and the scoring average at each venue is over par (chart, below). During that same time period 15 of the 29 Opens were won by Americans, and U.S. players have dominated the current decade, taking six of nine since 2000. This year's host course, Turnberry, has produced two of the non-American winners: Greg Norman in 1986 and Nick Price in '94.
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ROYAL ST. GEORGE'S 73.83