The American Century Championship's first round is Friday and the tournament loaded one group with its top stars. Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, current Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry and musician/actor Justin Timberlake have been paired together in the first round. Here are some of the top pairings for Friday's play, including their tee time.
The biggest stars
Tony Romo, Steph Curry, Justin Timberlake (9:42 a.m., first tee): You could argue Romo, Curry and Timberlake are the three biggest stars in the tournament (Aaron Rodgers and Charles Barkley might disagree), so pairing them together makes for an uber-group. Half the crowd could be following these three, with Timberlake drawing the biggest following in recent years. Romo is the betting-line favorite entering the week and Curry also is talented enough to win the tournament.
Brian Urlacher, Jim McMahon, Robbie Gould (8:12 a.m., first tee): If you're a fan of the Chicago Bears, I have a pairing for you. Urlacher, McMahon and Gould played a combined 31 seasons for the Bears, each appearing in at least one Super Bowl for the team and each playing in at least one Pro Bowl for the franchise.
Aaron Rodgers, AJ Hawk, Jordy Nelson (9:33 a.m., first tee): If you're not a Bears fan but rather a fan of their NFC North rival, the Packers, this group is for you. Rodgers, Hawk and Nelson have played a combined 32 seasons for the Packers, each starting for the 2010 team that won the Super Bowl. Expect some cheeseheads in the crowd following this group.
The tight ends
Tyler Eifert, Kyle Rudolph, Travis Kelce (8:30 a.m., first tee): For fans of tight ends – if such people actually exist – this is a stellar group. Rudolph and Kelce are playing in their first ACC while Eifert is a repeat player. After Rob Gronkowski retired this offseason, Kelce is the game's best tight end, with Rudolph not that far behind.
Joe Pavelski, TJ Oshie, Tyler Seguin (8:57 a.m., first tee): This is the group for big-time hockey fans headed to Tahoe. Pavelski, who could legitimately win the event, is usually a big fan favorite, but that might not be the case anymore after he left the San Jose Sharks for the Dallas Stars this offseason where he'll play with Seguin. Oshie plays for the Washington Capitals.
Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz (10 a.m., first tee): You'd be hard-pressed to find a better 1-2-3 pitching combo than Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz were for the Atlanta Braves from 1993-2002, although that resulted in only one World Series title (the 1995 crown over Cleveland). The former teammates are playing together Friday.
The funny guys
Rob Riggle, Ray Romano, Larry The Cable Guy (9:47 a.m., 10th tee): If you like jokes, this is your group as the three comedians will play together in the first round. Romano is a fan favorite who interacts with the crowd throughout his round. Same goes for Larry The Cable Guy.
Dylan Dreyer, Kira Kazantsev, Kathryn Tappen (9:38 a.m., 10th tee): There are four women in this year's field and three of them are playing together. Dreyer is a meteorologist for NBC News and Today Show; Kazantsev was Miss America 2015; and Tappen is a popular sportscaster. I'll take Dreyer to come out on top in this group.
Charles Barkley, DeMarcus Ware (10:05 a.m. 10th tee): Barkley and Ware are the two longest shots in the field. Barkley has been placed at 7,500-to-1 odds and Ware at 5,000-to-1 odds. Good luck!