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Tim McGraw headlining Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am party



Even for an event as unthinkably swanky as the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am Aussie Bash, this is a coup.

Tim McGraw will headline the private party for sponsors, players and VIPs on April 13th in Tampa -- possibly at the A La Carte Pavilion, the site of last year's party.

Nothing against Montgomery Gentry, who headlined last year's Aussie Bash, but McGraw is a huge name for a private party. (Although not an unexpected one -- Outback is an official sponsor of McGraw's 2010 tour, and the singer appeared at the Outback Bowl in January.) We were at last year's Bash (click here for a report), and it's definitely a uniqe opportunity to check out an amphitheater-sized band in a club-sized setting.

Now, the bad news: You can't get into this party. It's for people who are better than you (and us, too, although we can occasionally weasel our way in by posing as serious journamalists). Last year's Aussie Bash was attended primarily by bigwigs from the likes of Jim Beam and OSI Restaurants, and the food and drink flowed freely.

At least McGraw will be back this spring in a party that's open to the public -- he's performing May 7 at the Ford Amphitheatre with Lady Antebellum and Love and Theft.

As for the Outback Pro-Am, you can still get up close and personal to an array of Champion's Tour professionals and celebrities during this year's tournament, April 12-18 at TPC of Tampa Bay in Lutz, with the actual tournament on April 16-18 (Fri.-Sun.).

Committed celebrities at this point include Vince Gill, George Lopez, Ronde Barber, Joe Theismann and Vinny Testaverde. Other big names are sure to follow; past participants include Bill Murray, Kevin Costner, Mark Wahlberg, Michael J. Fox, Emmitt Smith and Carson Daly.

One-day tickets start at $25; advance weekly passes start at $65. Click here for ticket details.

Photo: AP.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:16pm]


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