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BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Published: May 27, 2013

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, the former Oklahoma State star, reportedly out drove PGA Tour player Rickie Fowler, who also played at OSU.

“I texted him and talked so much crap,” Weeden said, laughing. “People told me I got him by 15 (yards) on No. 1, got him by about 25 (yards) on No. 3 and also got him on No. 8 ... I hit one 375 (yards) down wind. I hit the driver well all day but couldn't make a putt.”

Fowler said: “We're in different groups so you never know (if fans are accurate). But he probably has 80 pounds on me. I haven't played with him in a while. Maybe we'll get to tee it up soon over at Oak Tree.”

Weeden's threesome played against actor Craig T. Nelson's group. Weeden's team won 4-and-2.

“(Weeden) is so long off the tee it's crazy,” Nelson said. “I met him two years ago. He's one of those up-and-coming guys in the NFL. I wish him all the best ... But of course, I gave him grief all day. That's what I do.”


PGA Tour member Bo Van Pelt, from Tulsa, has made it a priority to play in the Patriot Cup, the Memorial Day event that raises money for college scholarships for families of military members injured or killed in service.

Major Dan Rooney, who served three combat tours in Iraq as an F-16 fighter pilot, six years ago founded the Folds of Honor Foundation which is adjacent to Patriot Golf Club.

The fourth annual event, the foundation's flagship fundraiser every year, raised a record $4.3 million last year, bringing a six-year total to more than $17 million.

“It's a credit to Dan and his vision,” Van Pelt said. “It's been awesome to see Budweiser, Bushnell, Eskimo Joe's and other get behind it. Our freedom isn't free. Others make sacrifices so we get to go do what we want to do. The least we can do is come out and play golf. It's a fun event.”

Van Pelt, who has one career PGA Tour win, posted 10 top 10 finishes last year, earning $3.04 million to finish 24th on the money list.

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