Next month, in one last fling before training camp, Patrick Peterson and Carson Palmer are going golfing. But it’s a little more than a foursome on a weekend, even though both guys do love their golf. Each have been invited — and have accepted — to play in the annual American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. It’s the biggest celebrity tourney of the year. Ken Whisenhunt used to participate annually when he was coaching the Cards. Palmer took part last year, while Peterson has been invited for the first time.
The sports book in Tahoe (not that anyone should ever, ever bet on such things) puts the odds on Peterson winning at 30-1, with Palmer at 50-1. Seeing that a former pro in Annika Sorenstam is in the field, I’d guess the Cards aren’t coming away with a victory.
Former Cardinal Emmitt Smith is also playing. The tournament runs from July 18-20.
Peterson has turned into a pretty decent golfer in his short time playing. He, along with Bruce Arians, played in the pro-am at the most recent Waste Management Open.
Tags: Carson Palmer, golf, Patrick Peterson
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After a year’s hiatus player-wise — because of the lockout — the Cardinals’ veterans were back out at the annual Cards’ charity golf event in the spring, over at Wild Horse Pass. It was toasty as the temperatures heated up, but it seemed like everyone was having fun. There are serious golfers, like coach Ken Whisenhunt and kicker Jay Feely, some middle-of-the-road guys who all seemed to hit good shots when the cameras were around (at least, that’s what they were telling us) and other guys who you should be careful to be around when they are taking a shot (Um, Beanie, about that swing …)
There will be a video up soon and a photo gallery. Daryn Colledge didn’t make a hole-in-one to win the car, but decided to act like it (below). The rookies were in this morning getting the “This-is-how-we-do-things” lecture from John Lott before their first conditioning session, and the veterans who are around return tomorrow. Newly signed Calais Campbell will be a part of that too, and it’ll be back to work.
Tags: Beanie Wells, Calais Campbell, Daryn Colledge, golf, Jay Feely, John Lott, Ken Whisenhunt, offseason
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As the offseason comes to an end (really, it looks like it’s for real), coach Ken Whisenhunt, on one of his final weekend’s off, is taking his annual crack at the Amercian Century Championship celebrity golf tournament up in Tahoe. Whiz opened the tourney today with a score of 13 (they play modified Stableford scoring, with points for pars and birdies, etc.) which ties him for 22nd. Singer/actor Jack Wagner is leading with a 29, with former Phoenix Coyote Jeremy Roenick and former Cardinal QB Chris Chandler tied for second with 24 points. Whiz played with ex-NFL QB Trent Dilfer and race car driver Dale Jarrett today. Wonder if Dilfer offered any analysis on the Cards’ QB situation?
UPDATE: Day two, Whiz scored 17 points and his total of 30 leaves him tied for 22nd, 22 points behind leader Jack Wagner. Linebacker Joey Porter, by the way, has negative-45 points and is tied for 80th.
UPDATE TWO: Whisenhunt actually had his best round of the tourney Sunday, scoring 19 points for a three-day total of 49 and tying for 13th place with former NFL QB Billy Joe Tolliver. Jack Wagner won the tourney with 80 points.
Tags: golf, Joey Porter, Ken Whisenhunt
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A couple of things while I grind away on the Adrian Wilson opus that should be posted by the end of the week:
— Here’s the first (OK, maybe the stream of stories never really stopped since Kurt retired) of the can-he?-Matt-Leinart features that will appear throughout the duration of training camp (First practice is less than two weeks away). Well, some people think he will be fine. All I know is that we will have this discussion many many more times. No topic in training camp will top it.
— Ken Whisenhunt ended up with 46 points at the Tahoe celebrity golf tournament, tying for 18th. Former quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver ran away with the tourney with 85 points in the modified Stableford scoring system. Cardinals QB Derek Anderson finished with 37 points. Whisenhunt beat out Michael Jordan by a point (not that it was Jordan’s biggest storyline of the day), although Jordan seemed OK with it:
Speaking of Whisenhunt, he came across some Cardinals’ fans in the gallery this weekend who were holding a dry erase board and, well, just take a look:
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Derek Anderson, golf, Ken Whisenhunt, Matt Leinart
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The second day of Ken Whisenhunt’s turn at the Tahoe celebrity golf tournament went slightly better than day one. Whiz fired even par today, scoring 21 points in the modified Stableford scoring system (tying him for the sixth-best score of the day) and moving him up to 25th overall. Only Marshall Faulk, who had seven points yesterday and 23 today, had a bigger improvement. Former NFL QB Billy Joe Tolliver is leading with 58 points. Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson is a point ahead of Whisenhunt with 30 total.
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Not that Ken Whisenhunt already hasn’t done it, as a scratch golfer and as coach of a two-time defending division winner. But here are the ultimate images. Sports Illustrated is doing a feature on Whisenhunt for their golf magazine, and Whisenhunt was out at University of Phoenix Stadium today for a photo shoot — standing on the field, which is rolled outside, aiming toward the stadium he is inside Sundays.
No one should fret. No stadiums were harmed in the taking of these photos (and no, that’s not a slam against Whisenhunt’s driving skills; the pictures were staged so he wasn’t hitting actual golf balls).
Tags: golf, Ken Whisenhunt, University of Phoenix stadium
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