SI Vault
 
Teeing Off
July 13, 2009
MY BAG
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
July 13, 2009

Teeing Off

View CoverRead All Articles
1 2 3 4 5 6

IRONS (Four)
Ping I10; (five through pitching wedge)
Ping S57
Shafts
True Temper
Dynamic Gold Superlite (X flex)

THIS WEEK'S MAIN EVENT

THE AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP

Par Search

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.

Union Black

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.

[The following text appears within a chart. Please see hardcopy or PDF for actual chart.]

CARNOUSTIE 75.11

ROYAL ST. GEORGE'S 73.83

Continue Story
1 2 3 4 5 6