The Wendy's 3Tour Challenge invades Las Vegas for fun at Caesars Palace, Cascata and Rio Secco
LAS VEGAS – The Wendy’s 3Tour Challenge has taken over Caesars Palace since Friday, culminating with golf events today and tomorrow at Rio Secco Golf Club.
When I got to play Rio Secco last Thursday for the first time, the place was just starting to round into shape for Tuesday’s one-day shootout. The corporate signage was out on the three separate tee boxes that will be used by the LPGA, PGA and Champions TOUR players. The fairways were green and the greens rolling fast. Rio Secco, located in Henderson, has more elevation than most Las Vegas golf courses and some all-world views of The Strip. It should look great on TV. Check out the photo of the par-3 15th above.
Today is the pro-am for corporate clients and other lucky VIPs who have been enjoying the spoils of Caesars since checking in last Friday. Some of them have already played rounds at Caesars two fabulous golf courses, Rio Secco and Cascata. The Golf Channel will be filming special programming at the Butch Harmon School of Golf after today’s round at Rio Secco.
The Wendy’s 3Tour Challenge is one of the best Silly Season events. Its unique format pits the three major tours fighting for bragging rights and $1 million. Celebrating its 21th anniversary, the tournament benefits The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
The biggest names are probably LPGA star Stacy Lewis and the Champions Tour’s Tom Lehman, the players of the year on both Tours. Lewis will have Vegas starlet Natalie Gulbis and Cristie Kerr on her side. Lehman’s team is a strong one with Fred Funk and Bernhard Langer. It’s the best golfers who might be the underdogs at the moment. The PGA TOUR team boasts Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, Nick Watney and the struggling Jason Day.
If I were a betting man, I’d put money on the old guys. Lehman is striking it pure these days, and I like his supporting cast. The event won’t be televised until 8 p.m. Dec. 10, so we’ll just have to wait and see if I’m right. I wish I had stayed a few extra days to watch it live, but alas, duty calls. I’m back in the office grinding away on stories that will highlight just how cool of a golf destination Sin City really is.
For more, visit the tournament site here.
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