(AP) – Lawyers for Kyle Rittenhouse have launched a social media campaign depicting the Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooter as not just a scared teenager acting in self-defense, but an American hero akin to the Minutemen who fought at the nation’s founding.,The dramatic rhetoric has helped raise nearly $2 million to pay for the 17-year-old’s defense against homicide charges in the killing of two protesters.,But some legal experts say there are risks in turning a fairly straightforward self-defense case into a sweeping political argument that could play into a stereotype that he is a gun-crazed militia member out to start a revolution.
“I’ve loosened up on the golf course, and I enjoy playing at the Hope,” said Leonard, back to defend his title in the Bob Hope Classic. “I’ve been in the celebrity rotation since I started playing.” The five-day Hope Classic begins today. The first four days are pro-am, with only the pros competing on Sunday. The cut is made after Saturday’s round. PALM DESERT — Justin Leonard enjoys playing golf with comedians, singers and celebrity athletes. Many PGA players don’t like the circus atmosphere that goes along with being paired with celebrities in pro-ams. Leonard has learned to go with the flow. Last year, he rallied from three shots back to pass front-runner Joe Ogilvie on his way to a closing 5-under 67. He beat Ogilvie and Tim Clark by three shots. Sean O’Hair, the tour’s 2005 rookie of the year, said he was looking forward to the pro-am. “I think playing with the amateurs, it kind of makes you a little more relaxed, and I player better whenever I’m a bit relaxed. I think everybody does,” said O’Hair, a one-time winner and runner-up last year. Others in the field include Fred Couples, Fred Funk, Davis Love III, Scott Verplank and 2003 Hope champion Mike Weir. The players rotate among four courses the first four days, with the final round of the 90-hole event at the new Classic Course at NorthStar. Leonard, the 1997 British Open champion and winner of 10 titles in his career, is eager to defend his Hope title. “I think the tournaments where I feel like I’ve got a chance are in the desert,” he said. “The greens on the coast, I don’t particularly play well. My best chance is in the desert, and there are only two of those, Phoenix and the Hope. “If I can play well in those events and get off to a good start on the West Coast, I feel like I’m already ahead of the game.” After success at the Hope, Leonard won the St. Jude Classic and went 3-1-1 for the victorious U.S. Presidents Cup team. “It was really a fantastic year, both personally and professionally,” he said. “I was a little disappointed in my play in the majors. That’s something I’d really like to improve on this year.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Phil Mickelson, who won the Hope in 2002 and 2004, makes his season debut. Mickelson tied for 12th last year and leads the tournament’s all-time earnings list with $1.8 million. Leonard was paired with actor Samuel L. Jackson and two comedians last year. “I played one of the days with Sam Jackson, George Lopez and Cheech Marin. I had a ball,” Leonard said. “Sam is over there contemplating the game of golf and what it means, all this other stuff. And Cheech and George are trying to figure out who has had the best one-liner so far. That just cracks me up.” Having the gallery focused on the show business stars has its upside. “The spotlight is as much or more on the celebrities and amateurs as it is on the pros those first few days,” Leonard said. “To be quite honest, that’s kind of nice.”