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Patriot Cup golf notebook: Scott Verplank grinding away

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.
By Mike Baldwin Published: May 26, 2014
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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.

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