Former A’s, Cardinals hurler pulls away from tennis star Mardy Fish on final day
As the American Century Championship continues to evolve, some things stay the same. Like, the winner.
Former Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder became the first to ever win the ACC three-straight years on Sunday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, pulling away late in this, the tournament’s 28th running.
Only two others have won the celebrity tournament consecutive years: Hockey player Dan Quinn (2001-02) and baseball player Rick Rhoden (2008-09). Quinn finished third in 2003 before winning again in 2004 and 2012. Rhoden tied for eighth in 2010 and never won the tournament again.
Mulder is now tied with Billie Joe Tolliver for third on the ACC wins list with three titles, behind Rhoden (8) and Quinn (5).
The recipient of a $125,000 check for the third straight year entered the final day just three points ahead of Mardy Fish and Derek Lowe in the modified stableford scoring format. He left his putter on the accelerator following Saturday’s three-under 69, with an identical 69 on Sunday. His two-under 34 on the back nine was his best score on the back half of the course for the weekend.
His final score of 73 points was 11 better than co-runners-up Fish and Lowe. It was one point behind last year’s winning score and nine back of 2015’s number.
One of the tournament’s biggest stars, Steph Curry, started the day tied for the 13th and surged all the way to fourth place at 60 points thanks to Sunday’s four-under 68, which was capped with an eagle on the par-five 18th.
Other notable finishes: Aaron Rodgers (53 points, eighth place), Tony Romo (47 points, tied for 16th place), Jack Wagner (46 points, tied for 20th place), Justin Timberlake (12 points, tied for 52nd place), Roger Clemens (0 points, 65th place), Emmitt Smith (-12 points, 69th place), Ray Romano (-44 points, 81st place), Charles Barkley (-91 points, 89th/last place).