Lake Tahoe, NV – The Bay Area knows Mark Mulder as the left-handed pitcher who once donned a green and gold uniform. After retirement, he returned back to Oakland as a color commentator for CSN California covering the A’s. Little did we know how great he became at golf. The former baseball player won his third straight American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament today.
Mulder sailed to victory after leading all scores over three days (22, 26 and 25) for a total of 73. With eight appearances in the tournament, Mulder is now a 3-peat champion at Edgewood Golf Course. Winning in 2015, 2016 and today, he’s certainly set the bar high.
“My three kids think this is the tournament where they get to run on the green,” Mulder said. “It’s really cool that I was able to back that up. I didn’t want to disappoint them.”
Former pitcher Derek Lowe and former tennis player Mardy Fish kept the competition alive as they both tied for second place each with 62. And no surprise for the reigning NBA Champion Stephen Curry who finished 4th with an amazing 28 points in the final round. Curry’s eagled on the 18th hole is what capped off his spectacular comeback.
“This is no exaggeration: This is the best complete round of my life,” Curry said. “I think I am one off from my best score, but considering the environment, how terrible I played earlier in the week and to finish like this was the definitely the best round of my life. To finish like that on 18 was really, really fun. I’m going to be bragging about that for a long time.”
The bragging began immediately, Curry had a bet with his father, Dell Curry who finished 43rd in the tournament. NBC Sports captured the moment when Senior Curry had to jump in the waters of beautiful Lake Tahoe after losing.
Curry is going to continue perfecting his golf game with another upcoming tournament. He’s scheduled to play in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic Aug. 3-6 in Hayward, CA. Although, he’ll play as an amateur. The Web.com Tour is the PGA Tour’s top developmental series, so Curry should fit right in based on how well he did in the American Century Celebrity tournament.
“It is going to be a totally different environment,” explained Curry. “But hopefully I play like I did today, and everything will be all right.”
For the other eighty plus participants, it’s never a dull moment. Many of these celebrities have participated in the celebrity tournament for decades, including Charles Barkley who finished last. Former NBA All-Star, Jason Kidd returned to Tahoe after a six-year hiatus.
“I love coming to Tahoe, I missed playing here,” Kidd said. “Although, I’m a better golfer as a coach than I was as a player.”
Kidd has led his young Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA Playoffs twice in the last three years becoming the first coach in NBA history to lead two franchises to the playoffs in his first two years as a head coach. While his golf game struggles in some areas he’s looking forward to coming back next year.
The tournament is in its 28th year at Edgewood gold course. The event started back in 1990 when it centered around top athletes like Michael Jordan, John Elway and many others who had a passion for golf. Since then the tournament has been a huge success and continues to grow every year.
“The tournament is bigger than anyone player,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “Having a solid foundation of a title sponsor (American Century) and a location has a lot to do with the success of this tournament.”
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to come back and play in this type of event,” said Jerome Bettis, former All-Pro Running Back. “It’s definitely a privilege, its not guaranteed, this is my 8th or 9th year. Every year is getting bigger and bigger. All of us as athletes, we all have that competitive spirit about us so its always a great time.”