Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry made a hole-in-one on Saturday in the American Century Championship celebrity tournament.
Fans roared as Curry hit the shot on the 152-yard par-three seventh hole at Edgewood Tahoe, ripped off his hat, held a finger in the air and sprinted to the hole, smacking the flag like a runner crossing the finish line.
“That was wild,” Curry said. “It was good contact, right at the stick, but even if you’re painting the flag and it looks good, you never really expect it to go in. I just saw a bunch of hands go up, and then you just kind of black out.”
The ace helped Curry maintain the lead in the modified Stableford event, three points ahead of NHL forward Joe Pavelski and former tennis player Mardy Fish. Players receive a point for par, three for birdie and six for eagle and are deducted two points for double bogey or worse under the scoring system. Curry’s hole-in-one was worth eight points.
Curry had 50 points after his 23-point round. Fish, the 2020 winner, had a 29-point day. Pavelski scored 24 points.
Curry had his second career hole-in-one and the fifth in tournament history. The four-time NBA champion started playing golf at the age of 10, and in January said he had a handicap of +1.
“You see it land, and it just disappears,” Pavelski said. “It was pretty cool. We were trying to get to Steph. He just kind of spins out of it and takes off. He’s got some good speed on him.”
Former LPGA Tour great Annika Sorenstam was tied for eighth with 34 points. Defending champion and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, also the 2018 and 2019 champion, was tied for 12th with 32 points. The New York Jets’ Aaron Rodgers also had 32, while Super Bowl champion Pat Mahomes was 57th with a point. NBA hall of famer Charles Barkley was 81st in the 93-player field at minus-23.