Celebrity golf returns to NBC next week with the 2016 American Century Celebrity Golf Classic, also known as the American Century Championship. Big-name athletes and celebs will descend on Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada, starting on Tuesday, July 19 and wrapping up the following Sunday. At press time, reigning champion Mark Mulder and US tennis player Mardy Fish are the +333 co-favorites.
Most of the celebrities on display will be athletes or retired athletes, and they almost always win the tournament. Mulder, for example, was a two-time All-Star pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, then won the 2006 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals. Other champions include former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, who won the inaugural event in 1990 and again in 2014. Rypien is the third favorite for this year's Classic at +450.
Only one “non-athlete” has ever won the Classic, although former General Hospital star Jack Wagner (+700) did play football and basketball in high school, and won the Missouri JUCO golf championship in 1980. Wagner took down the Classic in 2006 and 2011, but at age 56, he might have a harder time keeping up with the competition next week.
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Mark Mulder will return to Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course next week to defend his title at the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic. At press time, the former All-Star pitcher is the +333 co-favorite, alongside US tennis player Mardy Fish.
Two other former Classic champions will join Mulder next Tuesday: ex-NFL quarterback Mark Rypien (+450), who won the inaugural event in 1990 before doubling up in 2014, and General Hospital alumnus Jack Wagner (+700), who took the title in 2006 and 2011. Wagner's the only “non-athlete” ever to win the Classic, although he was the Missouri JUCO golf champion in 1980.