It’s tournament week at Top of the Rock. There are countless familar sounds and sights: the lake, the sinkhole, the guy with the crazy pants. John Daly is back for his fourth Legends of Golf with partner Michael Allen.
“It’s cool to play in a team event. We love it,” Daly said after Wednesday’s pro-am round. “We relish it. To be able to play a par-3 as beautiful as this is just awesome.”
Of course, with Johnny Morris and Bass Pro involved, the star power is unmatched. Unmatched like Roger Clemens’ seven Cy Youngs. He’s looking to learn a thing or two in the pro-am.
“It’s fun for me because I like to see their swing plane, how they attack the golf course and how they methodically go about their work doing it,” Clemens said.
Before his first trip to Branson, the “Rocket” made a surprise landing in Springfield to see his godson, Conner Capel, play for the Double-A Cardinals. Capel’s father, Mike, pitched with Clemens on the 1983 Texas Longhorns national championship team.
“I waited for a few at bats then I snuck behind the dugout,” Clemens said. “It was fun to see him and fun to see him play in person.”
Like most celebrities at Legends of Golf, Clemens also loves to hunt and fish. His is just one name on a guest list as long as a Lollapalooza lineup.
Daly mentioned Kid Rock as one of his best friends. Champions Tour money leader Scott McCarron played with Clemens and country singer Tracy Lawrence in Wednesday’s pro-am. He, too, brought up Kid Rock by name.
Morris spares no expense for the weekend’s celebrity shootouts. St. Louis Blues Hall of Famer Bernie Federko will be there, as will comedian Larry the Cable Guy, Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg and trick shot stars from Dude Perfect, returning for a third time.
Curiously, none of the Champions Tour golfers admitted their excitement for pop megastar Justin Timberlake’s appearance this weekend…