Joe Proudman
Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

STATELINE, Nev. – After playing for the Green Bay Packers for seven years, Sterling Sharpe knows how to compete in bad weather. And while no snow will fall during the American Century Championship – hopefully – Sharpe said the wind was something he wasn’t expecting at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Tuesday.

“It’s more windy than I remember and it was a lot stronger than I remember. It actually moved tee shots. I wasn’t usef to it, but the course is in great shape,” he said. “I know how to play in the wind, and we all have to play in it. It’s one of those things that caught me off-gaurd ’cause I wasn’t use to it being this strong, especially as early as we teed off; but it was blowing pretty good.”

The former wide receiver ended the day working on his short game on the putting green practice area, telling fans that he lost his feel. Nonetheless, he’s fairly confident about his golf game going into the tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“I think I’m playing as best as I’ve ever played,” Sharpe said. “I’m just looking forward to playing and seeing how my game stacks up. I’ve been hitting it good all around the country, I’m just hoping I can get my yardage – the ball flies forever out here – get those down and be able to get the ball in the hole.”

Most celebrities find themselves in the middle of a swarm of fans looking for autographs at each hole. Sharpe acknowledged, “you kind of know what you’re getting into.” While that can be tiring at times, there is a lot he enjoys.

“First and foremost, seeing old friends that are athletes, actors, entertainers. Getting a chance to make some new ones that are athletes, actors and entertainers,” Sharpe said. “And a lot of times you’ll see a lot of guys and gals at the same holes. They’re a lot of fun to be around and see.

“People are really nice here and they look forward to us being here every year.”

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