It’s not uncommon to see A-list celebrities at a golf event, swinging the club, signing autographs and waiving to the gallery. To see A-list celebrities who can really play – now, that’s interesting.
The American Century Championship is this weekend at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Nev., where a field of hall of fame athletes and award winning actors will compete in a modified scoring format that runs Friday through Sunday.
But how good are these guys, really? The list of competitors include Tony Romo, Steph Curry and Justin Timberlake..
The Stableford format awards 10 points for an albatross, eight points for a hole-in-one, six points for eagle, three points for birdie, one point for par, no points for bogey, and minus-two points for double bogey or worse.
John Elway, Jerry Rice, Mark Mulder..
The list of names is sure to draw attention, but come Sunday, the field’s play becomes impressive. The competitive juices begin to flow and the handicaps begin to show. NBA Champion Curry is reported to have a 2-handicap, now-retired NFL Pro Bowler Romo missed the cut to qualify for the U.S. Open by just six strokes, which is mind-boggling, and former MLB All-Star pitcher Mulder has won the event the last two years.
Tony Romo shows off his golf swing as he tries to qualify for the US Open. Four bogeys in the first eleven holes put him in a hole. pic.twitter.com/ot2I92H507
— Mike Barnes (@MikeB_KVUE) May 8, 2017
Timberlake, known by most as a ‘triple-threat’ for his ability to sing, dance and act, is a 6-handicap and an avid golfer. The Tennessee-native may not be the front-runner to win the tournament, although a 6-handicap is still damn good, his skill set at consoling a hit patron is second to none.
The Las Vegas sports books have given odds to the celebrity event, so maybe it’s worth placing a wager. According to Harrah’s and Harveys Race & Sports Book, Romo and Mulder are at 3-1 odds, Elway is at 12-1, Curry is 20-1, and Timberlake is 35-1.
Jason Kidd, Ray Romano, Aaron Rodgers..
Curry was given a tour exemption for a Web.com Tour event on Aug. 3 (Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stoneware), which has excited the NBA point guard, but drawn the ire of golf purists and players. PGA Tour player John Peterson tweeted: “…This is awful all around. Takes a spot from a pro trying to make it.”
Though golf has recognized how talented some of the non-PGA pro athletes and celebrities are, is it too much to invite them to compete, or should that kind of golfer stay in its own lane?
Fair to ask how Jordan Spieth or Rickie Fowler would do competing in the NBA’s newly-branded G-League, or play in a minor league baseball game – how would they fare? Brooks Koepka looks like he might be able to win a couple CrossFit competitions, though.
Brian Urlacher, Marshall Faulk, Alfonso Ribeiro..
The event boasts a $600,000 purse, which grants the winner $125,000. 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.
And, of course, Charles Barkley. His odds are 6,000-1..
Charles Barkley's golf swing still makes no sense pic.twitter.com/GUxmq2Uo1L
— One Take At A Time (@OneTakeAtATime) March 29, 2017
The tournament will be televised on NBCSN on Friday 4-7 p.m. ET, and on NBC Saturday and Sunday from 3-6 p.m. ET.