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Elway’s tourney may delay arrival of stars

Steve Yingling

With players busy competing in the John Elway Celebrity Classic at the Omni Interlocken Resort and Golf Club near Denver on Sunday, the chances of celebrities showing up to Tahoe early have been reduced.

In the past two years, Elway’s tournament wasn’t held the week before the Tahoe tournament, allowing players to arrive early for the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Early arrivals expected for unofficial practice rounds today include Kevin Nealon of Saturday Night Live fame and former NFL placekicker Al Del Greco. Other players could trickle in during the afternoon.

Del Greco is the last player besides Rick Rhoden or Dan Quinn to win the championship. The former Tennessee Titans’ kicker shot a record-tying 65 during the final round to win the 2000 title by three strokes over former NFL defensive back Dick Anderson.

Official practice rounds are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday; the American Century Celeb-Am is Thursday; and the 54-hole tournament begins on Friday.

Tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. each day. They are $10 Tuesday through Thursday and $20 Friday through Sunday. Fans also have the option of purchasing a $50 pass that is good for every day.

Former San Francisco Giants’ cleanup hitter Matt Williams was added to the celebrity player roster on Friday.

Williams, who also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians, will be making his first appearance in the championship.

Miami Dolphins’ defensive end Jason Taylor was another late addition, raising the tournament field to 82 players.

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