Golf: Steph Curry wins American Century Championship to be fifth active athlete to win in Lake Tahoe

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NBA star Steph Curry wins American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe – and he’ll donate $125k prizemoney to charity

  • Curry finished with 75 points, two ahead of runner-up Mardy Fish, a ex-tennis pro
  • The Golden State Warriors guard is the tournament’s first black winner in history 
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Stephen Curry made an 18-foot putt for eagle on the final hole to win the American Century Championship on Sunday, his first title in the celebrity tournament.

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

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‘I don’t do this for a living, so it’s something you dream about,’ Curry said. ‘I’ve been playing in this tournament for almost a decade and now I’ve got some hardware to show for it. It’s pretty special.’

The eagle was good for six points under 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 with 75 points, two ahead of runner-up Mardy Fish, a former pro tennis player who won this event in 2020. Fish was three points ahead of Curry entering the 18th but made par.

Steph Curry. 35. is the first black player to win the celebrity tournament in its 34-year history

Steph Curry. 35. is the first black player to win the celebrity tournament in its 34-year history

Curry threw his hat in the air after making the final putt to win the grand prize in Lake Tahoe

Curry threw his hat in the air after making the final putt to win the grand prize in Lake Tahoe

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Curry plays with his son, Canon, five, as he celebrates his tournament victory with his family

Curry plays with his son, Canon, five, as he celebrates his tournament victory with his family

Curry finished with 75 points, two ahead of runner-up Mardy Fish, a former pro tennis player

Curry finished with 75 points, two ahead of runner-up Mardy Fish, a former pro tennis player

Curry went viral for the second time this weekend following his ace on the 152-yard, par-3 seventh hole.

‘I was hitting the ball pretty solid, so felt I would have a chance,’ Curry said. ‘On the putt, I was surprisingly calm. The last five feet felt like slow motion.’

Fish pulled even with Curry with birdies on three of the first six holes. He moved into the lead when Curry bogeyed the 11th, 12th and 14th.

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

Curry with his wife Ayesha after lifting the ACC trophy. He will donate his $125k prize to charity

Curry with his wife Ayesha after lifting the ACC trophy. He will donate his $125k prize to charity

Curry positions the ball before putting on the 2nd hole on Day 3 of the tournament on Sunday

Curry positions the ball before putting on the 2nd hole on Day 3 of the tournament on Sunday

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Curry shot 72 on Sunday to becomes the fifth active athlete to win the tournament in its history

Curry shot 72 on Sunday to becomes the fifth active athlete to win the tournament in its history

Curry, whose loved golf for years, said winning the ACC was 'something you dream about'

Curry, whose loved golf for years, said winning the ACC was ‘something you dream about’

Joe Pavelski of the Dallas Stars 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 great Annika Sorenstam.

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

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

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

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