Turning 50 the day before the U.S. Senior Open begins at Oak Tree National, Scott Verplank is trying to get his game in shape before making his Champions Tour debut July 10-13 on his home course.
“I’m making progress, but I’m definitely not where I think I need to be,” Verplank said Monday at the Patriot Cup in Owasso. “Then again, (Thunder star) Serge Ibaka wasn’t where he wanted to be (Sunday) night, and he played really good, so I have hope.
“I’ll do what I always do. I’ll continue to work hard these next five weeks and then give it my best.”
WEEDEN WELCOMES FRESH START
A regular at the Patriot Cup, former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden said he’s excited about joining the Dallas Cowboys.
“It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a dream come,” Weeden said. “I didn’t have a favorite team growing up. I was a Peyton Manning fan, but obviously it’s a team with a lot of history, a first-class organization.
“This is a fresh start, which is what I needed. With everything going on in Cleveland, it was a tough go for a couple of years. In Dallas, I’ve got a clean slate.”
A first-round pick two years ago by Cleveland, Weeden threw for a Browns rookie-record 3,385 yards. He injured his thumb early last season, and then lost the starting job after throwing for 1,731 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Weeden will assume a backup role behind Tony Romo.
“I get to learn from a great player (Romo) who has been in the league more than 10 years,” Weeden said. “(Quarterbacks coach) Wade Wilson played in the league 19 years and has been in the league ever since. Coach (Jason) Garrett also was a quarterback. It’s a great opportunity.”
EVENT CUT SHORT
The Patriot Cup was called off early when lightning and heavy rains moved through Owasso shortly after noon.
In addition to safety issues, several PGA and Champions Tour members needed to return to Tulsa to fly out to play in this week’s pro tournaments.
“We were concerned for the safety of all the spectators and players,” said Patriot Cup head professional J.R. Glover. “We’re disappointed, but everyone got a taste of it and watched golf for nearly three hours.
“The No. 1 thing of this tournament is to showcase Folds of Honor to remind people of what this day is about and all the great things that have been done because of Major Dan (Rooney’s) vision and his dedication to such a great cause.”
Five-time Grammy Award nominee Kid Rock had one of the larger galleries on Monday. Having sold more than 25 million albums, Kid Rock, 43, performed Monday night at the annual concert at the Hard Rock Café... Nancy Lopez, the LPGA Hall of Famer, participated in the Patriot Cup for the first time.