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Golf bets in Vegas help Patrick Peterson, Alan Thicke bond

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The main reason Alan Thicke was sitting in a golf cart Sunday morning at the Camelback Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, preparing to play in Patrick Peterson’s celebrity golf tournament was because of a bet.

Not one that Thicke lost to Peterson. One that they won together.

When Thicke, best known for his role as Jason Seaver, the father on the 1980s TV series “Growing Pains,” was paired with Peterson, a five-time Pro Bowl cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals, last May at Tiger Jam, Tiger Woods’ fundraiser in Las Vegas, their group was rounded out by a twosome who was in the Vegas mood.

“These two guys they put us with were running their mouths and desperate to bet with us,” Thicke told ESPN.

At first, Thicke thought the bets would be $5 or $10 per hole. But when the two other guys suggested $50 a hole, Thicke balked.

“They were so pushy about it, so obnoxious about it, we finally relented,” Thicke said. “I figured, ‘OK, I’m going to have to get a part-time job now to cover this one.’”

After losing the first hole and $50 to the other twosome in their group, Thicke and Peterson won the next 17 and took home $800. Around the fourth hole, Thick mentioned to them that Peterson was a Pro Bowl NFL player, but despite Thicke pointing out “the way [Peterson] filled out his shirt,” neither man knew who the cornerback was.

Which made taking their money all the sweeter for Thicke.

“Served them right,” he said. “These guys weren’t even speaking to each other after a while. They probably slapped each other around after their round.”

But that round cemented a friendship that led to Thicke playing in Peterson’s tournament here that supported the Patrick Peterson Foundation for Success. Thicke joined fellow Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald, Tyrann Mathieu, Michael Floyd and Brittan Golden, as well as former Cardinals offensive lineman Bradley Sowell.

Thicke raved about the weekend, saying the breakfast and cocktails were “good” and the appetizers, event and hotel “first class.”

“Happy to support the work that he does for kids,” Thicke said. “It’s a win, win, win, win, win. Donald Trump would be proud. Everybody wins.”