By 19th Hole Staff | June 22, 2018
Fresh off a third NBA Championship in four years, Steph Curry will be looking for a title of a different sort, July 10-15, at the American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe. Curry, the Golden State Warriors two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, is a legitimate contender at Lake Tahoe, and will join superstar athletes and entertainers during the 29th annual golf tournament televised on NBC Sports.
Curry, who parlayed a final round 68 last year that included 28 of his total 60 Stableford points to finish fourth, will attempt to transfer his athletic prowess on the hardwood to the greens in search of the $125,000 winner’s share of the $600,000 purse. Harrah’s and Harveys Race and Sports Book has installed him in the top 10 with 15:1 odds to win. Three-time champion and former Major League All-Star pitcher Mark Mulder is the favorite at 3:1. Curry also finished fourth in 2013.
Curry, who made his American Century Championship debut in 2010 following his rookie NBA season, will be making his sixth appearance. Steph will join his father, Dell, and 90 other sports and entertainment stars. NBA notables feature Charles Barkley, longtime crowd favorite, TNT NBA analyst and Hall of Famer; Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors four-time NBA All-Star point guard; and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2018 inductee Ray Allen.
The field includes 16 Hall of Famers from various sports as well as current NFL stars Aaron Rodgers, Larry Fitzgerald, Jared Goff, Adam Thielen, Alex Smith, Robbie Gould and Golden Tate. Former All-Pro superstars and Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo and DeMarcus Ware will be joined by tournament rookie Reggie Bush and former NFL stars Carson Palmer, Sterling Sharpe, Jim McMahon, Rodney Harrison, Joe Theismann, A.J. Hawk, Trent Dilfer and two-time tournament champion Mark Rypien.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame list includes Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Charles Woodson, Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen, Tim Brown, Terrell Davis and newly-elected Brian Urlacher.
Doug Pederson, head coach of the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, and Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals are returning and will join head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints, making his initial appearance.
Entertainers and actors feature Larry the Cable Guy, Ray Romano, Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty, Jack Wagner, Ted Simons of Veep, Miles Teller, Fantastic Four, comedian Kevin Nealon, Alfonso Ribeiro, Anthony Anderson, Bruce McGill.
The annual tournament has raised more than $5 million for multiple national and area charities and offers free admission to military personnel and guests. With major television exposure (NBC Sports, NBCSN, Golf Channel) and a purse of $600,000, the American Century Championship is the most prestigious celebrity tournament in golf. The 2018 event tees off Friday-Sunday July 13-15 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, a Golf Digest Top 100 rated course on the shores of the largest alpine lake in North America.
SOURCE: American Century Championship