Chiefs quarterbackAlex Smith
and placekickerRyan Succop
, former quarterback
and head coach
and former Royals starsBret Saberhagen
are among the dozens of celebrities and sports personalities participating in the 2013 American Century Championship.
Events are taking place all this week at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, but the main attraction is the 54-hole tournament that starts Friday and runs through Sunday.
Participants such as Olympian
, South Carolina football coachSteve Spurrier
, Packers quarterbackAaron Rodgers
, former pro football playersJohn Elway
and a host of NBA stars past and present will be vying for a share of the tourney’s $600,000 purse.
Edwards is competing in the event for the eighth time. Smith, Saberhagen and Green have played in it before, too, but this week’s a first-time experience for Succop and Dye.
Smith, acquired in an offseason trade with San Francisco, told USA Today on Tuesday that he’s happy to be in Lake Tahoe but is excited about the start of Chiefs training camp next week.
“I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” he said, “and for us, camp right around the corner, I’m pumped.”
The tournament dates to 1990, when former NFL quarterbackMark Rypien
was crowned its first champion. Former NHL starDan Quinn
, who caddies for South African pro golferErnie Els
at most of his U.S. events, won his fifth American Century championship last year, but former major league pitcherRick Rhoden
, who’s now a pro golfer, holds the tourney record for victories — eight since 1991.
Harrah’s Tahoe Sportsbook lists Quinn as a 7-2 favorite to defend his title. At the other end of the spectrum is former NBA player-turned-analystCharles Barkley
, who goes off Friday as a 500-to-1 shot.
The winner takes home $125,000.
The NBC Sports Network will televise Friday’s round from 3-6 p.m. Coverage shifts to NBC on Saturday and Sunday, from 2-5 p.m. both days.