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Lake Tahoe hosts American Century Championship celebrity golf

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Hole No. 17 at Edgewood last year during the American Century Championship.

There are only a few celebrities who have a real shot at winning, but this year, that number is higher than ever.

When the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament kicks off Friday at Edgewood Tahoe, it will feature the strongest course it has ever had in its 33-year history.

Celebrities taking part in the ACC this week include Justin Timberlake; Stephen, Dell, and Seth Curry; Annika Sorenstam; patrick mahomes; Tony Romeo; Aaron Rogers; Charles Barkley; defending champion Vinny Del Negro and first-timers Colin Jost of Saturday Night Live, WWE Superstar The Miz and singer-songwriters Nick Jonas and Jake Owen.

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The course has 87 sports and entertainment participants who compete in the 54-hole tournament, which uses the Modified Stableford scoring system.

One difference from the last two years is that a full gallery of viewers will be admitted to Edgewood. Capacity was limited to 50 percent last year and no fans were allowed in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions.

Charles Barkley plays a shot during the 2021 American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe.

The field collectively represents 17 Hall of Famers, 13 Most Valuable Player award winners, and multiple Cy Young and Player of the Year award winners, as well as multiple Grammy and Emmy award winners.

There are 12 new entrants including Alex Caruso, Dwight Freeney, Robert Griffin III, Nick Jonas, Colin Jost, Jon Lester, Pat McAfee, The Miz, Jake Owen, Jason Scheff, Harrison Smith and Jayson Werth.

There are four women on the course, including World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, who is competing in the ACC for the third time (2014, 2021).

She will be joined by “Today Show” host/meteorologist Dylan Dreyer, golf personality Paige Spiranac and NBC Sports reporter Kathryn Tappen on the course.

favorites to win

John Smoltz during the ACC Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

Vinny Del Negro beat John Smoltz in a playoff last year, a few days after his father’s death.

Those two, along with three-time champion Mark Mulder, two-time champion Tony Romo and Mardy Fish, who won in 2020, will likely be among the contenders.

But also look for Annika Sorenstam, who was in contention last year, and Steph Curry is almost always near the top of the standings.

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