‘The Donald’ fired up to tee off in celebrity golf championship
RENO – Donald Trump will assume the role of apprentice himself when he puts his frailties on display in an atmosphere many find more intimidating than the corporate board room – the golf course.
Trump, comedian Jimmy Fallon and actors Kurt Russell and Luke Wilson are among the first-time players entered to play July 16-18 at the American Century Celebrity Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in South Tahoe, officials for NBC Sports told The Associated Press on Sunday.
“The pressure will be on and I’ll have to perform,” Trump said in a statement he issued through his office in New York.
“It’s a tournament that has both big names and serious competition,” he said.
Tourney regulars Michael Jordan, John Elway, Mario Lemieux and Mark McGwire will return to the Par 72 course for the 54-hole event. The tournament features a $500,000 purse.
Other newcomers include NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Trent Green, Carson Palmer and David Carr, along with singer Nick Lachey and talk-show host Carson Daly, tourney officials said.
Trump’s caddy might hear Trump’s famous line, “You’re fired!” – from his hit television show “The Apprentice” – if the real estate tycoon loses too many balls on the 7,445-yard course that winds through towering pines and along Tahoe’s sandy beach.
But don’t count on it.
“A lot of people don’t realize this, but he is a very, very good golfer,” said Jon Miller, senior vice president for programming for NBC Sports.
“He is a legitimate 6 or 7 handicap. He can hit the ball a long way. He’s pretty excited about coming,” Miller said in a telephone interview from New York.
“He is a classic addition to the tournament and his presence makes it the best field we’ve ever had in terms of high-profile star power.”