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Jordan won’t play in CGA Championship

Steve Yingling

Although the Isuzu Celebrity Golf Championship has no shortage of stars, one of its bigger names, Michael Jordan, likely won’t play in this week’s 54-hole tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

“We haven’t heard anything more on Michael Jordan, so I don’t think he’s going to play this year,” said Jim Gluckson, tournament media director.

Jordan missed the 1994 tournament while pursuing a baseball career but came back in 1995 to claim a tie for 18th and shared 43rd place last year. Because of the Bulls’ enormous success – five titles in seven years – his off-season vacation time with his wife, Juanita, and three children has been limited.

“Michael has a commitment to his wife that he’s not going to play as much golf, and he’ll stay home a lot more,” said Kevin Monaghan, director of new business development at NBC, earlier this month.

Jordan’s absence, however, shouldn’t deter spectators from flocking to practice rounds today through Wednesday, Thursday’s celebrity-amateur tournament and the Friday-through-Sunday 54-hole championship. Leading the star-studded field are Charles Barkley, defending champion Billy Joe Tolliver, three-time champion Rick Rhoden, Marcus Allen, John Brodie, Oscar De La Hoya, John Elway, Rollie Fingers, the Gatlin brothers, Jason Kidd, Mario Lemieux, Dan Marino, Jerry Rice, Mike Schmidt and Jack Wagner.

Celebrity practice rounds begin at 7 a.m. today at Edgewood. Players will continue practice rounds through Wednesday. The Isuzu Celebrity-Amateur Tournament starts at 7 a.m. Thursday, and the 54-hole championship tournament commences at 7:45 a.m. Friday.

Ticket prices are $10 for the practice rounds and $15 for entry Thursday through Sunday.

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Carolina quarterback Kerry Collins pulled out of the tournament late last week as the field dwindled from 81 to 75 competitors.

Collins directed the second-year Panthers to the National Football Conference’s playoff semifinals last season.

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Some of the early arrivals expected to play practice rounds today at Edgewood are Jason Kidd, Chris Miller, Mark Rypien, Chris Chandler and Grant Fuhr.

“It seems like they are coming out earlier and earlier each year,” said Edgewood Head Professional Paul Martin, who noted that Byron Scott played a practice round two weeks ago.

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