Disaster at No. 13 for Anderson

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

A veteran of the NFL's only perfect season was playing the perfect round of golf.

Near perfect, anyway.

Former Miami Dolphin Dick Anderson had it to 5 under par yesterday and was cruising along with a comfortable lead in the first round of the Grant Fuhr Celebrity Classic at Blackhawk.

Then the two-time Super Bowl winner let his guard down for a split second on the 13th hole. One disastrous quad later and the roll was over.

"I was very pleased with the way I played, except for one hole,'' said Anderson, who blew up real good on the 475-yard par 4.

"That happens in golf. I was trying to hit a shot that normally I'd hit (chipping onto the green) and I just looked up and bladed it. I hit it over the green and into the trap, then I left it in the trap. It was ugly.''

Anderson, who still has a lot of game left at 60, finished 1 over par (31-41-72), one shot back of leader Shane Rawley heading into today's final round.

Vince Coleman is two back of Rawley at 74, while John Congemi and Mickey Tettleton are still in the mix at 76.

Jason Chimera's opening round 77 has him in sixth, while the host, Fuhr, is seventh at 78. First prize in the Celebrity Players Tour event is $20,000.

"I'm happy with (71),'' said Rawley, who had it to 3 under at one point. "Grant won in San Diego this year and played so good. I was tied with him for the lead and kind of gave it back. I told him I'd get him this week.''

So far, so good.

"I missed some birdie putts, but otherwise I hit the ball pretty solid,'' said Rawley, who pitched in the majors for 16 years before getting serious about golf.

"It's a great course. It has so much character. The greens are tricky; it's hard to get it close sometimes.

''There were holes where I hit it 15-18 feet away and it ended up rolling off the green. Not being familiar with where to hit it on the green, we all had a little trouble with that.''

He and Anderson handled it better than most, on a day when scores soared into the 90s and beyond.

"You have to make good shots,'' said Fuhr, not at all happy with his 78.

"It's a good golf course. You get a little bit of wind on this course and it fools with club selection, and you can get some big numbers if you miss in the wrong places.''

It'll make for an interesting final round (The first group tees off at 8 a.m. and the leaders go out about 9:20.)

Rawley, who's won a handful of CPT events, and everyone within striking distance of the lead, can't wait for the Sunday afternoon showdown. There's still a lot of competitive juice flowing in these old dogs.

''It's definitely about bragging rights,'' said Rawley, adding they all miss the thrill of a head-to-head battle.

"If you talk to any athlete who's out of the game, they don't miss the physical part of the game, the wear and tear. They miss the competition, and this kind of brings it back.

"We're all competitive players. We love to compete. But (golf) is totally different than our sports because we're a little bit out of our comfort zones.

''Even though we play it fairly well - when we're playing with our buddies, we're always playing great. When you turn on the switch at tournament time, it's a little tougher.''


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