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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Time for Sutton, Toms to keep up

Former Grambling coach Doug Williams announced two more confirmations for his charity golf tournament - former Cowboys receiver and future Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and Tampa Bay star Anthony McFarland.

They join NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, Jacksonville QB Byron Leftwich and Tampa Bay receiver and former LSU star Michael Clayton. That's some pretty impressive star power.

Hal Sutton and David Toms' charity tournament has yet to release its field, but you can bet c-list actor Dennis Haskins will be there. Nothing against Dennis Haskins because he does offer his time to come to Shreveport to play for a good cause, but he's best known for playing principal Mr. Belding on the TV show "Saved by the Bell," and doesn't exactly have what you would call drawing power.

McFarland and Williams did play in the celebrity shootout last year, but with Williams' own golf tournament to organize, I doubt they'll be back for the Sutton tournament.

The tournament has brought in big-name PGA talent (Chris DiMarco, John Daly, Ben Crenshaw and Davis Love III come to mind immediately), but DiMarco and Daly backed out last year and Crenshaw hasn't been back since his appearance in 2003.

The tournament has brought in some big-name talent, like the 2004 tournament that featured Daly, DiMarco, Love III and Stewart Cink. Last year's pool featured Ryder Cup participants Cink and Chris Riley, but also Larry Mize, Scott Simpson (Bill Murray's favorite partner), and Shaun Micheel - names that may draw a few blanks when mentioned to the casual fan.

So it's time to draw out the big guns. What would it take to get Vijay Singh or Sergio Garcia or even, dare I say, Tiger Woods to the event? How about some of the old-timers like Tom Watson or Tom Kite, or even, dare I say, Jack Nicklaus?


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