Ex-Giants Michael Strahan, Golden Tate headline Icons Series celebrity golf tournament … – NJ.com

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Tired of the squabble between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf?

I give you the Icons Series, which is hosting a two-day, Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring celebrity athletes.

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A quick scan of the roster reveals several former NFL stars, including Hall of Famers Michael Strahan and Marshall Faulk, former New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate, recently retired quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and former Eagles and New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick.

The tournament started Thursday and resumes Friday at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City.

Two-time major champion Fred Couples leads the American team against four-time major champion Ernie Els and his Team Rest of the World.

This will be the third event in the Icons Series. The first was in Dubai in 2015 and the second in England in 2017. An event planned in Japan in 2019 was canceled because of a tsunami and earthquake days apart. The COVID-19 pandemic kept the event off course in 2021 and chief executive Tom Brookes said returning this year was a late decision.

“I think we’ve stayed away from celebrities and just focused on athletes who by DNA are super competitive and we can try and humanize them and a different sport,” Brookes said.

Both the PGA Tour (John Deere Classic) and LIV Golf (Portland) have events this weekend, the first time Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed group is playing in the United States.

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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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