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Records fall in American Century Championship

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Sara Thompson / Tahoe Daily TribuneDefending ACC champion Rick Rhoden gives a thumb-up sign to Daryl Strawberry during a break in the action in the second round Saturday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course

STATELINE – Moving day at the American Century Championship was all about the records – record-setting attendance and record scoring by Grant Fuhr, a retired NHL goalie.

Unofficially, Saturday’s second round is believed to be the most attended day in the 20-year history of the event, according to Phil Weidinger, media director for the tournament. Through five of the tournament’s six days, attendance is 31,500, breaking last year’s record total of 31,226.

Fuhr eclipsed the single-round scoring record with an 18-hole total of 32 to move into a first-place tie with seven-time champion Rick Rhoden, who formerly pitched for the Dodgers and Yankees. Fuhr’s round of 5-under 67 included two eagles, which are worth six points apiece in the modified Stableford scoring format.

“It’s fun to be hanging around again,” Fuhr said. “Obviously you want to have a chance to win. But to get the chance to play with Rick again, I enjoy that. Obviously Rick is as good as there is. It’s fun to learn from them. It’s fun to be competitive.”

The former single-round mark of 31 by Chris Chandler was equaled by Rhoden, who rolled in eight birdies en route to a 67.

Fuhr also broke the second-round scoring record of 30 shared by Rhoden and Jack Wagner.

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First-round leader Tony Romo, the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, slipped into a tie for third with Quinn at 49.

Chandler’s record scoring total of 78 that he set in 2007 is likely to fall on Sunday.

“I don’t think 68’s going to win, that’s for sure,” said Rhoden, referring to his winning total last year. “There’s probably four or five that could get close to (78).

“You never know. Golf every day is different. About the time you’ve got it figured out, up it jumps and gets you.”

Fuhr’s eagle putts covered 60 feet on the fourth hole and 10 on No. 16.

“I think I’ve missed six or seven (four-footers) the last couple days, but I made up for it a little on (No.) 4,” Fuhr said.

Romo wasn’t happy with his play Saturday after opening a two-point first-round lead over Rhoden. One-of-the-most-watched stars in the tournament struggled with his approach shots, scoring 22 points.

“There were plenty of lowlights,” he said. “I didn’t hit the ball very well today. My iron play was a little bit off, and all day I was kind of fighting that.”

One of his worst misses came on the par-4 14th hole. Romo drove it past Rhoden and Fuhr and had less than 100 yards to hole from the middle of the fairway. But with a wedge in his hands, Romo pulled the shot off the green and paid for having to chip above the hole. His next shot carried off the other side of the green, and he two-putted for bogey.

“Everyone talks about putting, but for me, it’s getting it closer to the hole,” Romo said. “I just missed too many easy shots sitting in the middle of the fairway.

“As long as I get the iron play worked out a little bit, I’ll have a chance tomorrow.”

Quinn nearly holed out the first double-eagle in tournament history. On the 546-yard, par-5 16th hole, Quinn left his 250-yard second shot only six inches from the cup. The eagle, however, didn’t trigger additional good shots by Quinn. He parred the final two holes, three-putting the final green from 22 feet.

“I thought maybe the eagle might get me going,” said the four-time champion, who last won in 2004. “It’s going to be tough. We’ll have to shoot a mid-60s round and see what happens.”

Jeremy Roenick of the San Jose Sharks is fifth, only nine points behind the leaders.

Michael Jordan, who will be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in September, put himself in position for his best finish since he took ninth in the inaugural tournament in 1990. Jordan and Vinny Testaverde are tied for 13th place with 37 points.

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley continued to fight his unorthodox swing, shooting a -31. The NBA analyst for TNT, however, remained ahead of Kevin Nealon (-63) and Chuck Liddell (-64).

“It was terrible,” Barkley said. “I’m really worried about Hank. Between Tiger (Woods) and myself, he might kill himself.”

Barkley received swing lessons from Hank Haney during filming for the “Haney Project” and Haney’s top pupil, Woods, missed the cut at the British Open on Friday.

Notes: There have been plenty of distractions for Romo during the week, especially on No. 17. Single women, speculating that Romo has broken up with girlfriend Jessica Simpson, have been trying to get his attention. One woman, wearing a No. 9 Cowboys’ jersey, tried to run out to the 17th tee Saturday. She was intercepted by a sheriff before she could get close to Romo and was escorted behind the gallery ropes … actor Brian Baumgartner nearly scored the second ace of the tournament. His tee shot on the 164-yard seventh hole lipped out. Marshall Faulk made the third ace in tournament history on No. 17 on Friday … former San Francisco 49ers’ all-pro receiver Jerry Rice is tied for 15th. In the final round, Rice will play in a threesome with Jordan and Ray Allen.

American Century Championship 2009

Saturday’s Second Round

Purse: $ 600,000

Par: 36-36 -72

At Edgewood Tahoe GC

Yardage: 6,972

Player Scores

Rick Rhoden 25-31 – 56

Grant Fuhr 24-32 – 56

Dan Quinn 21-28 – 49

Tony Romo 27-22 – 49

Jeremy Roenick 20-27 – 47

Pierre Larouche 21-23 – 44

Trent Dilfer 23-21 – 44

Billy Joe Tolliver 21-23 – 44

Brett Hull 14-26 – 40

John Elway 19-20 – 39

Mike Modano 17-21 – 38

Jack Wagner 17-21 – 38

Michael Jordan 15-22 – 37

Vinny Testaverde 20-17 – 37

Steve Bartkowski 15-19 – 34

Jerry Rice 18-16 – 34

Trent Edwards 11-21 – 32

Sterling Sharpe 9-23 – 32

Marshall Faulk 11-21 – 32

Vince Coleman 13-18 – 31

Ken Whisenhunt 19-12 – 31

Chris Chandler 12-18 – 30

Ben Roethlisberger 11-19 – 30

Joe Buck 17-13 – 30

Oliver Hudson 18-12 – 30

Alfonso Ribeiro 12-16 – 28

Carson Palmer 13-14 – 27

Mark Rypien 11-15 – 26

Dan Marino 13-13 – 26

Bill Laimbeer 15-11 – 26

Ray Allen 8-17 – 25

Lawrence Taylor 12-13 – 25

Joe Theismann 7-17 – 24

Joe Carter 9-15 – 24

Dick Jauron 16- 8 – 24

Mario Lemieux 11-12 – 23

Anfernee Hardaway 11-12 – 23

Tim Brown 9-13 – 22

Dan Quayle 14- 8 – 22

Jim McMahon 3-18 – 21

Bret Saberhagen 3-17 – 20

Steve Spurrier 11- 8 – 19

Aaron Rodgers 5-11 – 16

Wally Szczerbiak 9- 7 – 16

Derek Anderson 10- 6 – 16

Maury Povich 15- 1 – 16

Bode Miller 7- 8 – 15

Jerome Bettis 12- 2 – 14

Matt Ryan 1-12 – 13

Dan Jansen 5- 8 – 13

Ronde Barber 5- 8 – 13

Marcus Allen 1-10 – 11

Ozzie Smith 6- 4 – 10

John Lynch 1- 7 – 8

Dale Jarrett 2- 6 – 8

Kenny Lofton 4- 3 – 7

David Wells 5- 1 – 6

Daniel Negreanu -3- 8 – 5

Wayne Gretzky 0- 5 – 5

Mike Eruzione 14-10 – 4

Bruce McGill -1- 4 – 3

Steve Beuerlein 2- 0 – 2

Emmitt Smith 4 -2 – 2

Todd Heap 4 -3 – 1

Mike Shanahan -4- 4 – 0

Paul O’Neill 1–1 – 0

Wes Welker 4–4 – 0

Jonathan Ogden -8- 7 – 1

Ray Romano -5- 3 – 2

Herm Edwards -4- 1 – 3

Jason Kidd 1–7 – 6

AJ Hawk -10-3 – 7

Neil Lomax 2-10 – 8

Matt Schaub -15-6 – 9

Shane Battier -8–5 – 13

Tino Martinez -9–5 – 14

Terence Newman -14-1 – 15

Alonzo Mourning -12-4 – 16

Janet Gretzky -18-1 – 17

Brian Baumgartner -8–9 – 17

Jack Del Rio -11-11 – 22

Antoine Walker -13-10 – 23

Digger Phelps -12-13 – 25

Richard Dent -11-15 – 26

Trent Green -15-14 – 29

Dennis Haysbert -17-18 – 35

Darryl Strawberry -20-19 – 39

Charles Barkley -30-31 – 61

Kevin Nealon -36-27 – 63

Chuck Liddell -36-28 – 64