During a recent press call, former and#8220;Seinfeldand#8221; actor John Oand#8217;Hurley was asked who he though would finish atop the leader board at this yearand#8217;s American Century Championship, which will be played at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course July 20-22.
and#8220;I think itand#8217;s going to be between Jack (Wagner) and Danny Quinn,and#8221; he said.
Former San Francisco 49ers great Jerry Rice playfully shouted to Oand#8217;Hurley: and#8220;John, John, itand#8217;s going to be between us.and#8221;
Rice re-stated his prediction when he got a crack at the question. and#8220;I think itand#8217;s going to be John and I at Edgewood in that final group.and#8221;
Oand#8217;Hurley finished at the top of and#8220;Dancing with the Stars,and#8221; but his best showing at Edgewood was 41st in 2003. Rice, on the other hand, has cracked the top 10 and#8212; barely. In 2009 he finished in the 10 spot, and last year he was 15th. While those are respectable finishes and it isnand#8217;t completely laughable to picture him with the winnerand#8217;s trophy, there are several celebrities other than Rice favored to finish first.
Dallas Cowboyand#8217;s quarterback Tony Romo finished second to Wagner last year, who won the event for the second time. Quinn is a four-time winner, finishing second three times and never doing worse than eighth. Then there is eight-time winner Rick Rhoden. His worst finish was also eighth, but until 2010 he had done no worse than fifth.
But this year, Rice likes his chances to finish near the top.
and#8220;My setup is a lot better this year, the way Iand#8217;m positioning myself over the ball. Iand#8217;m really hitting it good,and#8221; he said. and#8220;I can see exactly what I want to do and how to approach the hole and not just get out there and hit the ball.and#8221;
Rice said he always felt comfortable on the football field, but not so much on the golf course. But that is changing.
and#8220;I think Iand#8217;m feeling more confident this year. The confidence is there, but itand#8217;s just that itand#8217;s a learning process. Itand#8217;s not something Iand#8217;ve done all my life,and#8221; he said. and#8220;Iand#8217;m excited about my progress and the direction Iand#8217;m going.and#8221;
Even though others might not think so, Rice feels like that direction is up the leaderboard.
and#8220;Thereand#8217;s nothing wrong with being an underdog a little bit, I have no problem with that. There are some good golfers in this tournament,and#8221; he said. and#8220;I donand#8217;t mind being the underdog. I feel like my game is really progressing the right way. I was able to crack the top 10 and I hope to be in the top five soon.and#8221;