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AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP | Jordan, Romo paired for opening round

Steve Yingling - Tahoe Daily TribuneMichael Jordan works on his game on the driving range at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course after arriving at the American Century Championship on Tuesday afternoon.

STATELINE – Basketball legend Michael Jordan and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will be paired together tomorrow during the opening round of the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, forming the most recognizable pairing in the tournament’s 21 year history. Adding to the threesome’s celebrity firepower is Boston Celtics star Ray Allen.

The American Century Championship’s nationally televised first round starts Friday at 8:10 a.m. when former champions and NFL quarterbacks Chris Chandler, Billy Joe Tolliver along with perennial contender Trent Dilfer will tee off.

The Jordan, Romo, Allen group will begin the Edgewood golf course at 10:10 a.m.- before Charles Barkley and after the marquee threesome of Troy Aikman, John Elway and Aaron Rogers.

“The Michael Jordan, Tony Romo, Ray Allen pairing should be our biggest and most popular pairing in the history of the American Century Championship,” said Tournament director Mike Milthorpe.

Tournament officials are making preparations for this first round American Century mega matchup. “We will have extra marshals walking the course with this group and have alerted the Douglas County Sheriff’s office in anticipation of the flotilla of boats we expect on Lake Tahoe adjacent to Edgewood Tahoe’s 17th and 18th holes,” said Milthorpe.

Romo, last year’s tournament runner-up, is one of the favorites and has a legitimate chance to become the second active athlete to win the event in its 21-year history, and the first since the inaugural event in 1990 won by another quarterback, Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins.

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Even after seven years in retirement, Michael Jordan maintains an aura that has positioned him as one of the most popular sports figures in history. That appeal carries over to the course at the American Century Championship as the largest galleries annually follow his every swing.

The Friday telecast will be carried on ESPN3 from noon to 3 p.m. PT and will re-air on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. PT. The Saturday and Sunday rounds will be carried on NBC Sports from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT.

AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP

FRIDAY’S FIRST-ROUND PAIRINGS

At Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Stateline

First tee

8:10 a.m. – Trent Dilfer, Chris Chandler, Billy Joe Tolliver

8:20 – Fred McGriff, Vince Coleman, Joe Carter

8:30 – Jared Allen, Jonathan Ogden, David Wells

8:40 – Ken Whisenhunt, Vinny Testaverde, Rick Rhoden

8:50 – Jack Wagner, Alfonso Ribeiro, Oliver Hudson

9:10 – Rodney Harrison, Marcus Allen, Jerome Bettis

9:20 – Joe Theismann, Mark Rypien, Mike Shanahan

9:30 – Jerry Rice, Marshall Faulk, Sterling Sharpe

9:40 – Grant Fuhr, Mike Modano, Jeremy Roenick

9:50 – John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Bret Saberhagen

10 – Troy Aikman, John Elway, Aaron Rodgers

10:10 – Tony Romo, Michael Jordan, Ray Allen

10:20 – Bode Millr, Steve Holcomb, Ray Romano

10:30 – Charles Barkley, Brian Baumgartner

10th tee

8:15 a.m. – Stephen Curry, Shane Battier

8:25 – Jamie Langenbrunner, Dan Jansen, Mike Eruzione

8:35 – Jack Del Rio, Herm Edwards, Todd Haley

8:45 – Trent Green, John Lynch, A.J. Hawk

8:55 – Matt Schaub, Trent Edwards, Steve Beuerlein

9:05 – Ozzie Smith, Mark Mulder, Neil Lomax

9:15 – Michael Bolton, John O’Hurley, Lou Holtz

9:25 – Joe Don Rooney, Dale Jarrett, Dan Quayle

9:35 – Robbie Gould, Kyle Boller, Ronde Barber

9:45 – Digger Phelps, Stone Phillips, Winky Wright

9:55 – Steve Spurrier, Wally Szczerbiak, Jim McMahon

10:05 – Joe Sakic, Dan Quinn, Brett Hull

10:15 – Matt Ryan, Derek Anderson, Kenny Lofton

10:25 – Jason Kidd, Don Cheadle, Oscar de la Hoya