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Schmidt, Bartkowski withdraw

Steve Yingling

And then there were seven.

Steve Bartkowski informed the American Century Championship on Tuesday that he won’t participate in the 54-hole tournament, trimming the number of players who have played in all 18 events to seven.

No reason was given for Bartkowski’s inability to play in Friday through Sunday event at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Bartkowski finished 28 points behind winner Jack Wagner last year.

Although he isn’t included on some entry lists, Dick Anderson is expected to play. Anderson, the 1994 winner, is one of the remaining seven stars who have played in each tournament. The shrinking list also includes Wagner, John Elway, Mike Eruzione, Neil Lomax, Jim McMahon and Maury Povich.

There were two additional withdrawals on Tuesday. Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt, who played in the first 14 championships, won’t participate. Hockey player Jeremy Roenick pulled out of the tournament because of a family matter.

Boller eyes top-20 finish

As the second-string quarterback in Baltimore, Cal alum Kyle Boller is hoping to get an opportunity to play in the final year of his contract.

The fifth-year player is backing up veteran Steve McNair. The Ravens’ QB depth chart also includes rookie Troy Smith (Ohio State) and second-year player Drew Olson (UCLA).

“It’s the last year of my contract, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to get in there and play a little bit. I’ll just be ready when my time comes,” Boller said. “I’ll prepare just like I’m a starter. You never know. I got in there a few times last year and it went well.”

Boller is excited that the Ravens now possess one of the top running backs in the league in Willis McGahee.

“He’s really gonna help us out. He’s got breakaway speed and can catch the ball coming out of the backfield. I’m really looking forward to seeing him at training camp,” Boller said.

Boller finished 37th in last year’s event, but he has sets his sights on a much higher placing this year.

“I’ve been playing a lot better golf this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to compete. Top 20 would be awesome,” he said.

We always get some name celebrities, but I’m sure there are more guys out there like Tony Romo. Three or four more guys like that every year would be great.

I know some guys who play with him down in Florida, so I have an idea of how he plays.

played mini tour event in beginning of June. I’ve played a ton of golf in the last six months.

You could play five straight weeks and come here and everything could change. It’s a different animal and all you can do is be ready.

If he’s good that’s great, that bodes well for the event. The more guys at the top, the better.

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Tolliver: The guys who are playing good this week will be the guys who will show up on Sunday. Romo just missed the cut at the Byron Nelson last year. He’s a dam good player. Everybody’s forgetting about Romo. It doesn’t matter with this guy. He’s good. The guy is a good player. The better watch out for him at 20-1. Everybody knows that I am the man. I’m so good i’s ridiculous. If I’m hitting my irons well, I’ll be all right, I’ll be in there come Sunday.

Former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver (a two-time winner of the event): It doesn’t matter how much we’ve been playing, how many tournaments (we’ve played). We’ve been doing this tournament a long, long time. Everybody gears their game for this one event and everybody looks forward to it.

Kyle Boller, Baltimore Ravens’ backup QB, 5th year.

I love Tahoe. I grew up coming here as a kid. We had family friends here so we used to come up to the lake a lot. We used to snow ski and in the summers come here for boating.

Each year this tournament gets better and better. There are such great guy that surround the event, NBC does a great job putting it together and the fans have a good time, and it’s very competitive and that’s what people love.

I’ve been playing a lot better golf this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to compete. Top 20 would be awesome.

It’s my last year of my contract so hopefully I’ll get a chance to get in there and play a little bit. I’ll just be ready when my time comes.

I’ll prepare just like I’m a starter. You never know. I got in there a few times last year and it went well. I just have to try and do that again this year.

Willis McGehee. He’s really gonna help us out. He’s got breakaway speed and can cath the ball coming out of the backfield. I’m really looking forward to seeing him at training camp.


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