The Waste Management Phoenix Open FBR Xerox Silver Pro-Am, aka Celebrity Pro-Am, started today at 8:30 sharp.
The long list of celebrities slated to play in the tourney showed up bright and early Wednesday morning. I camped out at the celebrity entrance of the golf course, greeting Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy, football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, comedian George Lopez, and rock ‘n roll legend Alice Cooper.
The point of the Open is, of course, the golf tournaments, but it is also considered "the" place to be for star gazing -- which is why I asked each celebrity their advice for the big approach if you happen to spot one of your favorite celebrity golfers.
“If [you say] ‘nice shot’ or ‘good hole in one’ that would be nice,” Kennedy says.
“A simple, ‘What’s up Emmitt,’ is fine,” says former Arizona Cardinal Emmitt Smith.
This is just a little bit of advice for "star gazers" who get tongue-tied when they find themselves face to face with one of their faves during this years Open.
There is a list of 25 celebrities participating in the Celebrity Pro-Am and many of them are also attending the Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory, presented by Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Past Shot at Glory winners include New York Post sportswriter Mark Cannizzaro (2008), Tilted Kilt executive John Reynaud (2009) and rock star Alice Cooper (2010). The 2011 Shot at Glory event was canceled due to frozen turf.
For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit http://wmphoenixopen.com.