Stephen Curry finishes with an eagle and wins the American Century Championship golf tournament


Stephen Curry made an 18-foot putt for Eagle on the final hole to win the American Century Championship on Sunday, his first celebrity tournament title.

Curry, the star of the Golden State Warriors made a hole in one on Saturday he topped with his final eagle on the par 5 18th hole at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on the shores of Lake Tahoe. After the putt fell, he tossed his hat in the air and ran into the arms of his wife, Ayesha.

“I don’t do this for a living, so it’s something you dream about,” Curry said. “I’ve been playing this tournament for almost a decade and now I have some skill to show for it. It is something very special.”

The Eagle was good for six points according to a version of the modified Stableford scoring system. Players receive three points for a birdie, one point for a par, and minus 2 points for a double bogey or worse.

Curry finished the race with 75 points, two ahead of runner-up Mardy Fish, a former professional tennis player who won this event in 2020. Fish was three points ahead of Curry and finished 18th but made par.

Curry went viral for the second time this weekend after hitting an ace on the seventh hole for 152 yards and a par 3.

“I hit the ball pretty solidly, so I felt like I had a chance,” Curry said. “I was surprisingly calm on the putt. The last five feet felt like slow motion.”

Fish tied with Curry with birdies on three of the first six holes. He took the lead when Curry made a mistake on the 11th, 12th and 14th.

In conventional scoring, Curry scored 72 points on Sunday. Fish had the best round of the day, a 3-under-69.

The Dallas Stars’ Joe Pavelski was third with 66 points, former major league pitcher Mark Mulder was fourth and New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers was fifth, one spot ahead of LPGA Tour star Annika Sorenstam.

Former pitcher Derek Lowe finished seventh and defending champion Tony Romo finished eighth.

Curry is the first black winner of the tournament in its 34-year history. He is the fifth active athlete to win and the first since then-Tennessee Titans kicker Al del Greco in 2000. His first-place prize money of $125,000 is donated to charity, as Curry is an amateur golfer.

Charles Barkley finished 81st in the 93-player field.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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