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Whisenhunt leads NFC West golf contingent

7/18/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

At least the NFC West commands respect on the golf course.

Check out the leaderboard at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe. Trent Dilfer, Jerry Rice and Ken Whisenhunt are contending through the first round.

I've singled out a few NFC West-themed pairings for display in the chart at right. Full pairings here.

Dilfer trails first-round leader Tony Romo by four points. Whisenhunt, paired with John Elway and Rice in a group teeing off at 9:55 a.m. PT Saturday, is eight points back. NFC West alums Marshall Faulk and Trent Green are also playing, as is former Cardinals quarterback Neil Lomax.

Green's game apparently needs some work. His score through one round -- minus-15 -- would be sensational in regular golf, but not in a Stableford scoring system that awards six points for eagles, three points for birdies, one point for pars, no points for bogeys and minus-2 points for double-bogeys.

Side note: If Whisenhunt hits into the group ahead of him, he could strike pupil-turned-nemesis Ben Roethlisberger, whose group tees off 10 minutes earlier. Fore!