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.”
PATRIOT CUP A GREAT CAUSE
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.
This year Van Pelt has made 10 of 13 cuts but has only one top 10 finish. Van Pelt is 72nd in prize money ($668,315).
“The start of the year was a little slow, but that's kind of my M.O.,” Van Pelt said. “The West Coast has never been that great to me. I feel like it's coming around. I'm really looking forward to the summer.”
Winds during Monday's event ranged between 22 and 30 mph. Since he's from Oklahoma, did Oak Tree PGA Tour pro Scott Verplank have an edge?
“I am used to Oklahoma wind, but I don't know if it gives me an advantage,” Verplank said. “This golf course actually plays OK in the wind. That says something (about all the trees).”
TETTLETON A PATRIOT CUP ROOKIE
Former major league All-Star Mickey Tettleton, who slammed 245 homers in 14 major league seasons and now lives in Norman, confessed he's a single-digit handicap. “(Golf is) a love-hate relationship,” said Tettleton.
This is the first time Tettleton, 52, has played in the Patriot Cup. Tettleton's threesome won their match against PGA Tour Champions player Ken Duke 2 and 1.
“This was a blast, all these people coming out,” Tettleton said. “The cause is unbelievable to help families out who have sacrificed for our country. I had a great time. Ken Duke and my group laughed and had a great time the entire round.”
An emotionally moving tradition at the Patriot Cup is taps is played on speakers around the entire golf course at 1 p.m. followed by a bell tolling 13 times, representative a flag folded 13 times before the flag is given to family members of a deceased military member. ... Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops was scheduled to play Monday but withdrew to continue his work with tornado victims in the Oklahoma City area. ... In the team competition, the “ground pounders” (non Air Force military) edged the fly boys (Air Force) 9-8-3. ... Oak Tree Champions Tour member Bob Tway withdrew from the tournament because of a back injury.