By petedirenzo
Friday, June 05, 2009

AUSTIN, TX. – There are so many questions to answer as the
first round of the Triton Financial Classic gets under way. Will Nebraska-star Mike Rozier, after a couple of decades on the bench, make it to his ten o’clock tee time? Is BYU’s Ty Detmer, a single-digit stick, as good on
five-foot putts as he was in the red zone? Can Doug Flutie still deliver the
Hail Mary TD when he needs to get up-and-down for par on the eighteenth?Those
questions and more will be answered Friday when nine Heisman Trophy winners
infiltrate a Champions Tour field that includes most of the top senior pros,
including top-ranked Bernhard Langer and PGA Senior champion Michael Allen. The
creaky footballers are playing in a league of their (a two-day stroke play event
for guys who have won the Trophy and are willing to expose their golf games to
public ridicule), and the winner will get – what? – another trophy? Anyway,
I’ll be looking for 60-minute, two-way performances from Nebraska’s Eric
Crouch, Miami’s Gino Torretta, Houston’s Andre Ware, South Carolina’s George
Rogers, Notre Dame’s Tim Brown and Florida State’s Chris Weinke.
If
I tire of watching all that over-ripe athleticism, I’ll save some scrutiny for two-time
Champions Tour winner Peter Jacobsen, who hasn’t fired a shot in anger since
undergoing left rotator cuff surgery
in January. “I’m not in pain,” Jacobsen
assured me after he fatted an approach shot in Wednesday’s pro-am, “but there’s
a lot of rust.”Fortunately,
the oft-injured Jacobsen is really good at knocking off rust. Look for him to
at least get within field-goal range before halftime.

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