CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Mark Mulder won American Century Celebrity Golf Championship 2017 on Sunday, July 16, in Nevada. Mulder, a former standout MLB pitcher, has won the event three consecutive years.
Mulder dueled another former MLB standout pitcher, Derek Lowe, before pulling away on the back nine Sunday. Mulder effectively locked up the championship at the par-3 17th.
Mulder totaled 73 points on the modified Stableford scoring system. Lowe and tennis' Mardy Fish were at 62. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry had a spectacular final round and finished fourth at 60.
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Mulder led by three points entering the third and final round. He had carded 48 on the modified Stableford scoring system. Fish and Lowe were tied for second at 45.
Former Cleveland Indians outfielders Kenny Lofton and Joe Carter were in the field.
Former Atlanta Braves standout starting pitchers John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine comprised one of the featured groupings for the first round Friday. Another notable grouping was Mulder, Fish and Jack Wagner.
Mulder, Rick Rhoden and Dan Quinn are the only players to have won back-to-back in the 28 years of the event. Mulder is the first to win three in a row.
Tony Romo, Jerry Rice, Charles Barkley and Justin Timberlake were among numerous other big-name celebrities who competed at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
Mulder and recently retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Romo were installed as co-favorites by the Harrah's and Harveys Race & Sports Book. Mulder and Romo were listed at 3-1.
Actor and two-time champion Wagner, one of two celebrities who has played every year, was 8-1. Former Washington Redskins quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien was 7-1. Tennis' Fish was 9-2, Smoltz 8-1, football's Trent Dilfer 10-1, football's John Elway 12-1 and hockey's Jeremy Roenick 15-1.
The American Century Championship uses the modified Stableford format and features a $600,000 purse, with $125,000 to the winner. The tournament will raise money for the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit research organization dedicated to improving human health through innovative study of diseases such as cancer. Regional Lake Tahoe non-profits also benefit from the tournament, which has raised more than $4 million for charity.
Among other prominent players/odds: Timberlake (35-1), Mike Modano (15-1), Brian Urlacher (20-1), Rodgers and Doug Pederson (50-1), Paige Spiranac (40-1), Blair O'Neal (30-1), Jason Kidd and Rob Riggle (1000-1) and Emmitt Smith (2000-1). Barkley, ever-popular but unable to correct his swing flaws, is 6000-1....Read more