Stephen Curry Soars to Victory at American Century Championship

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Stephen Curry, the iconic NBA superstar, showcased his exceptional golf skills by clinching the highly coveted American Century Championship title in spectacular fashion. With a resounding eagle on the final hole, Curry sealed his victory in a thrilling and unforgettable fashion.

In a thrilling conclusion to the American Century Championship, Stephen Curry emerged victorious, securing his first title in the renowned celebrity tournament. The Golden State Warriors’ luminary showcased his remarkable skills once again as he sunk an impressive 18-foot putt for eagle on the ultimate hole.

Taking place at the picturesque Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, nestled along the enchanting shores of Lake Tahoe, Curry’s final stroke on the par-5 18th hole was nothing short of spectacular.

Surpassing his previous day’s achievement of a hole-in-one, he elevated his performance to new heights with this closing eagle. As the ball gracefully found its way into the hole, Curry’s elation was palpable. In an exuberant display of jubilation, he joyfully tossed his hat into the air and made a beeline for his loving wife, Ayesha, enveloping her in a heartfelt embrace.

“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.

In a remarkable display of skill and talent, Curry emerged victorious with an outstanding score of 75 points, surpassing his closest competitor, Mardy Fish, by a mere two points.

Fish, a former professional tennis player who had previously triumphed in the same event back in 2020, finished as the runner-up. Despite Fish holding a three-point advantage over Curry leading into the 18th hole, he managed to make par, while Curry’s exceptional performance continued.

Adding to the excitement, Curry became an internet sensation for the second time during the weekend, captivating audiences with his incredible ace on the seventh hole, which spanned 152 yards and held a par-3 status. His extraordinary shot further solidified his status as a remarkable athlete and captured the attention of fans worldwide.

“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 and Curry were neck and neck after the first six holes, both scoring birdies. However, Fish took the lead when Curry struggled with bogeys on the 11th, 12th, and 14th holes.

According to traditional scoring, Curry ended Sunday’s round with a score of 72. Fish had the best performance of the day, finishing with a remarkable 3-under 69.

Joe Pavelski, a prominent member of the Dallas Stars hockey team, secured third place with 66 points. Mark Mulder, a former major league pitcher, claimed the fourth position, followed by Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback of the New York Jets, who finished fifth. Notably, Rodgers outperformed LPGA Tour legend Annika Sorenstam, who secured the sixth spot.

Derek Lowe, a former pitcher, finished in seventh place, while the defending champion, Tony Romo, ended up in eighth place.

Curry’s victory in the tournament is particularly significant as he is the first Black winner in its 34-year history. He joins a small group of active athletes who have achieved this feat, being the first since Al del Greco, the former kicker for the Tennessee Titans, who won in 2000. In a display of generosity, Curry, being an amateur golfer, will donate his first-place prize of $125,000 to charity.

Finishing towards the end of the field, Charles Barkley secured the 81st position out of 93 players.

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