Ketchum’s Carson Palmer, the 2002 Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Southern California, is teeing up today with sports and entertainment figures in a major celebrity golf tournament.
The 30th annual, $600,000 American Century golf tournament has become the premier celebrity golf tournament. Palmer is one of 90 celebrities in the field of competitors.
It is being held July 9-14 on the par-72, 6,865-yard Edgewood Tahoe South Golf Course in Stateline, Nev., its elevation 6,230 feet. The 54-hole modified Stableford tournament will be contested today through Sunday.
NBC Sports will provide tape delay coverage on NBCSN today, Friday from 8-10 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time, and live coverage Saturday and Sunday on NBC from 1-4 p.m.
Playing in the three-day tournament are 16 Hall of Famers in their sports, plus 22 current or active players, 10 of whom are All-Pro or All-Stars.
Besides six National Football League coaches, there are active NFL quarterbacks including Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, and comedians including Larry the Cable Guy and Ray Romano.
The four women playing are Golf Channel host Lisa Cornwell, NHL on NBC host Kathryn Tappen, 2015 Miss America Kira Kazantsev and NBC Today Show meteorologist Dylan Dreyer.
In today’s first-round pairings, Palmer will play with NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and three-time Super Bowl champion Steve Young from the San Francisco 49ers, and two-time Cy Young pitcher Bret Saberhagen, the World Series MVP with the Kansas City Royals in 1985.
SportsBetting.ag odds for Palmer winning the $125,000 first-place prize are 75-to-1, while Steve Young is listed at 3,000-to-1 and Saberhagen 100-to-1. Well down on the list is Charles Barkley at 7,500-to-1 and Johnny Damon 5,000-to-1.
The oddsmakers are favoring former NFL quarterback Tony Romo at 5-to-2. Last year, Romo defeated three-time defending champion Mark Mulder, who is listed at 3-to-1.
Romo is playing today with Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry and actor Justin Timberlake (75-to-1). Curry, showing odds of 15-to-1, finished 11th in the American Century tournament last year and fourth in 2017.
Other first-round pairings include: Roger Clemens, musician Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts and The Office television actor Brian Baumgartner; hockey players Joe Pavelski, TJ Oshie and Tyler Seguin; Kevin Millar, Bode Miller and Trent Dilfer.
University of Wisconsin’s Pavelski, who recently ended a 13-year National Hockey League career with the San Jose Sharks and signed with the Dallas Stars, is listed at 15-to-1 odds. He finished third in the 2018 tourney.
The odds are 6-to-1 for baseball’s John Smoltz, who will tee off today with Atlanta Braves teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.
Another spirited threesome features baseball’s Ozzie Smith, Ivan Rodriquez and Johnny Damon.
Comedian Ray Romano (5,000-to-1) is playing with Larry the Cable Guy (5,000-to-1) and actor/comedian Rob Riggle (3,000-to-1), who is also 23-year retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Palmer, 39, from Fresno, Ca. played college football at USC from 1998 to 2003 and was first overall pick in the 2003 National Football League draft.
He played quarterback for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals for eight seasons, leading the team to their first winning season and playoff appearance in 15 years. He then spent two seasons with the Oakland Raiders and five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
Palmer finished his 15-year NFL career in 2017 with 12 all-time records in all major passing categories and was named to the Pro Bowl three times.
He and his wife, Shaelyn, have four children, three of whom attend Community School. They live full time in the Wood River Valley.
The American Century tournament, with its proceeds going to charity, attracted 57,097 spectators last year. Daily spectator fees are $30, and free for kids 10-and-under and all active duty service members and U.S. veterans.