Big names come out for a little fun

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NORTON — The annual visit by the PGA Tour brought appearances by some of Boston’s biggest names from sports other than golf.

Shawn Thornton of the Bruins and a trio of Celtics — owner Steve Pagliuca, president Danny Ainge, and new coach Brad Stevens — participated in Thursday’s pro-am for the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

“I was terrible, but it was a good experience,” said Thornton. “I don’t take myself seriously enough to be nervous out here. I’m just nervous I’m going to hit somebody. I don’t know if I have umbrella coverage that’s large enough.”

Thornton was paired with Keegan Bradley, a Vermont native who roots hard for Boston’s pro sports teams. The two have become good friends, and each made the request to be on the same pro-am team.

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