The American Century Championship celebrity golf is July 10-15 at Edgewood Tahoe. The event begins with practice rounds and celeb-ams, followed by the three-day tournament, July 13-15.
The celebrities are coming, making their annual migratory return to the shores of Lake Tahoe.
The 29th annual American Century Championship is Tuesday-Sunday at Edgewood Tahoe, starting with practice rounds and celeb-ams Tuesday-Thursday. The three-day ACC tournament, Friday-Sunday, utilizes Stableford scoring, in which points are awarded for pars, birdies and eagles.
Many of the familiar names will be back at Edgewood, but LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis, a first-timer who had entered, had to withdraw due to a family emergency.
Gulbis, 35, has not been able to compete on the LPGA tour in three years as she has endured three back surgeries. She is making her return this season to the women’s tour.
Harrah’s and Harveys Race and Sports Book lists the favorite as three-time defending champion Mark Mulder (8-5), Tony Romo (3-1), Mardy Fish (5-1), Eric Gagne (8-1) and John Smoltz (10-1).
Two women are in the field, Lisa Cornwell, Golf Channel host; and Kathryn Tappen, NHL on NBC host.
The lineup of celebrity golfers at Edgewood includes Steph Curry, Aaron Rodgers, Charles Barkley, Ray Allen, Larry the Cable Guy and 15 Hall of Fame athletes and dozens of All-Stars and All-Pros in the field of 90 athletes and entertainers.
One popular celebrity who will not be at Edgewood this year is Justin Timberlake, who is touring. Timberlake had suggested he might try to fly in for the event this week, but he was not able to work out his schedule.
Several NFL coaches are in the field and two, Sean Payton and Doug Pederson already have been betting on their golf games.
They made a bet while golfing during the owners meetings earlier this year and Pederson won, so his Philadelphia Eagles will wear home jerseys when they play at Payton’s New Orleans Saints on Nov. 18.
Curry, making his sixth appearance in the tournament, finished fourth last year with 60 Stableford points. He is listed at 15-1 odds to win this year.
His father, Dell, in also back in the field.
- NBA notables include Charles Barkley, a longtime crowd favorite, TNT NBA analyst and Hall of Famer; Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors four-time NBA All-Star point guard; and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2018 inductee Ray Allen.
- The field includes 16 Hall of Famers from various sports as well as current NFL stars Aaron Rodgers, Larry Fitzgerald, Jared Goff, Adam Thielen, Alex Smith, Robbie Gould and Golden Tate. Former All-Pro superstars and Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo and DeMarcus Ware will be joined by tournament rookie Reggie Bush and former NFL stars Carson Palmer, Sterling Sharpe, Jim McMahon, Rodney Harrison, Joe Theismann, A.J. Hawk, Trent Dilfer and two-time tournament champion Mark Rypien.
- The Pro Football Hall of Fame list includes Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Charles Woodson, Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen, Tim Brown, Terrell Davis and newly-elected Brian Urlacher.
Pederson, head coach of the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, and Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals are returning and join Payton, making his first appearance.
- Entertainers and actors feature Larry the Cable Guy, Ray Romano, Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty, Jack Wagner, Ted Simons of Veep, Miles Teller, Fantastic Four, comedian Kevin Nealon, Alfonso Ribeiro, Anthony Anderson and Bruce McGill.
- The Claret Jug trophy (British Open) will be at Edgewood at hole No. 8 on Wednesday for the public and celebs to take photos.
- Tickets: $20 per day Tuesday-Thursday; $30 Friday-Sunday at the gate. Discounts are available at Raley’s, BelAir, Nob Hill stores ($17/$27 respectively; w/ $50 grocery purchase: $23 daily for Friday-Sundat, limit four.
- Active duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, military retirees and veterans will receive complimentary tickets for the 29th annual American Century Championship.
Kids 10-under are free with paying adult (two children per adult). The first 500 kids per day (16-under) will receive a free ACC pin flag for autographs
- NBC broadcast team: Steve Sands, Peter Jacobsen, Notah Begay, Charlie Rymer, Jimmy Roberts, Heather Cox, Michele Tafoya
- Broadcast times: Friday NBCSN noon-2 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday NBC noon-3 p.m.
- The annual tournament has raised more than $5 million for multiple national and area charities and offers free admission to military personnel and guests. With major television exposure (NBC Sports, NBCSN, Golf Channel) and a purse of $600,000, the American Century Championship is the most prestigious celebrity tournament in golf.
- The 2018 event tees off Friday-Sunday July 13-15 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, a Golf Digest Top 100 rated course on the shores of the largest alpine lake in North America.