2011 American Century Celebrity Championship: Jack Wagner Leads After First Round

The 2011 American Century Championship kicks off Friday afternoon in Lake Tahoe and features a variety of professional athletes from across the country. We'll provide news updates, video of interviews, and tournament results throughout the weekend. For more on the world of golf, visit Waggle Room and SB Nation's golf hub.

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2011 American Century Championship Tee Times: Saturday Features Aaron Rodgers, Jimmer Fredette

The 2011 American Century Championship tees off the second round Saturday morning at 8:05am pacific at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Actor Jack Wagner holds the early lead by five points over Jeremy Roenick and Chris Chandler. Wagner is part of the final threesome, which includes the top three players so far. After airing on VERSUS Friday afternoon, the tournament will move over to NBC at noon pacific on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday features some players with notable Bay Area ties teeing off. Former Cal star Jason Kidd tees off at 8:15am with Tim Tebow and Andy Pettitte (free time now following the Clemens mistrial?). Fellow Cal star Aaron Rodgers tees off at 8:35 with Matt Ryan and Greg Maddux. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice tees off at 9:25 with Ray Allen and Oliver Hudson. And of course at 10:20am, new Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette will tee off with Charles Barkley in a battle to avoid last place in the tournament.

Here is a rundown of all the second round pairings:

2nd Round Pairings
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Tee Time Group FIRST TEE 1st Rnd spacer Tee Time Group TENTH TEE 1st Rnd
8:05 1 Marcus Allen 8 8:10 2 Jamie Moyer -12
Bode Miller 7 Jay DeMarcus -31
Carson Palmer 7
8:15 3 Tim Tebow -5 8:20 4 Kenny Lofton 6
Jason Kidd 1 Deron Williams 6
Andy Pettitte 4 Martin Brodeur 5
8:25 5 Dan Quayle 9 8:30 6 Ozzie Smith 4
Alfonso Ribeiro 8 Jerome Bettis 4
Vinny Testaverde 9 Fred McGriff 4
8:35 7 Matt Ryan 9 8:40 8 Joe Theismann 4
Aaron Rodgers 8 Goose Gossage 4
Greg Maddux 9 Steve Beuerlein 4
8:45 9 Robbie Gould 10 8:50 10 Anfernee Hardaway 3
Sterling Sharpe 10 John O'Hurley 3
Dale Jarrett 10 Joe Don Rooney 2
8:55 11 Kyle Boller 12 9:00 12 Todd Haley 1
Trent Dilfer 11 AJ Hawk -2
Mason Crosby 11 David Wells 0
9:05 13 Marshall Faulk 13 9:10 14 Ray Romano -3
Mark Rypien 13 Steve Spurrier -1
Ronde Barber 13 Jack Del Rio -4
9:15 15 Joe Sakic 13 9:20 16 Matt Schaub -6
Ken Whisenhunt 13 Dan Jansen -2
Joe Carter 14 Jim McMahon -3
9:25 17 Jerry Rice 13 9:30 18 Mike Eruzione -4
Ray Allen 14 Emmitt Smith -8
Oliver Hudson 14 Wes Welker -7
9:35 19 Grant Fuhr 15 9:40 20 Digger Phelps -11
Billy Joe Tolliver 14 Brian Baumgartner -14
Mark Mulder 14 Stone Phillips -7
9:45 21 Bret Saberhagen 17 9:50 22 Anthony Anderson -11
Tim Brown 17 Dennis Haysbert -17
Dan Quinn 15 Shane Battier -14
9:55 23 Vinny Del Negro 17 10:00 24 Herm Edwards -15
Vince Coleman 17 Javier Colon -16
Michael Jordan 16 Joey Porter -19
10:05 25 Tony Romo 19 10:10 26 Trent Green -23
John Elway 17 Matt Cassel -24
John Smoltz 18 Kevin Nealon -25
10:15 27 Mike Modano 20 10:20 28 Charles Barkley -30
Brett Hull 19 Jimmer Fredette -30
Rick Rhoden 19
10:25 29 Jack Wagner 29
Chris Chandler 24
Jeremy Roenick 24

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2011 American Century Championship Results: Jack Wagner Leader After First Round

The 2011 American Century Celebrity Championship golf tournament wrapped up the first day with actor Jack Wagner scoring 29 points and leading the field by five points. Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick and former NFL QB Chris Chandler were tied for second with 24 points. Defending champion Billy Joe Tolliver is in 17th place with 14 points while eight-time champion Rick Rhoden is tied for fifth with 19 points. He is tied with co-favorite Tony Romo.

The tournament uses the modified Stableford scoring system, which awards points based on performance on each hole. The more points you accumulate the better, which means negative scores put you at the bottom of the standings. Jay DeMarcus currently sits in last place at -31 points, with Charles Barkley and Jimmer Fredette tied for 83rd place with -30 points.

Some notable Bay Area performances include Aaron Rodgers tied for 38th, Jerry Rice tied for 22nd, Mark Mulder tied for 17th, Trent Dilfer tied for 29th, and Jason Kidd tied for 56th. Here is a rundown of the top 13:

Pos Name Today Hole Total Rounds Total
Score
1 2 3
1 JACK WAGNER 29 F 29 29 29
T2 JEREMY ROENICK 24 F 24 24 24
T2 CHRIS CHANDLER 24 F 24 24 24
4 MIKE MODANO 20 F 20 20 20
T5 BRETT HULL 19 F 19 19 19
T5 *TONY ROMO 19 F 19 19 19
T5 RICK RHODEN 19 F 19 19 19
8 JOHN SMOLTZ 18 F 18 18 18
T9 BRET SABERHAGEN 17 F 17 17 17
T9 Vinny Del Negro 17 F 17 17 17
T9 *TIM BROWN 17 F 17 17 17
T9 *JOHN ELWAY 17 F 17 17 17
T9 VINCE COLEMAN 17 F 17 17 17

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Robbie Gould Interviews Trent Dilfer At American Century Championship

The 2011 American Century Championship is underway at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe and that means the often amusing player-vs-player interviews are coming out. Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould took a few minutes to interview former 49ers quarterback Trent Dilfer prior to both players hitting the course.

Dilfer is generally regarded as a very solid golfer and is one of the early favorites in the tournament at 12/1 odds. Dilfer completed his first round and is tied for 29th place with a +11. The tournament uses the modified Stableford scoring system, which means positive scores are better than negative scores. Gould also completed his round and finished a +10 on day one. Jack Wagner currently leads the field with +25 through 16 holes. Jay DeMarcus is in last with a -29, three shots ahead of Charles Barkley and Jimmer Fredette.

The tournament was on VERSUS Friday afternoon and will move over the NBC Saturday and Sunday from noon to three pm pacific each day.

For more on the world of golf, visit Waggle Room and SB Nation's golf hub.

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2011 American Century Celebrity Tournament Odds: Tony Romo, Rick Rhoden Among Tournament Favorites

The 2011 American Century Celebrity Championship has gotten underway in Lake Tahoe and features a whole host of talented professional athletes. While many professional athletes enjoy playing golf in their free time, some have reached a level where they could conceivably compete at a pro level. They might not be at the same level as the Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy's of the world, but they could be solid competitors.

As with any sporting event, we've got some basic odds for the tournament. There are 86 golfers taking part but these are just odds for some of the favorites. Rick Rhoden won the tournament in 2008 and 2009 and Billy Joe Tolliver won last year. Tony Romo is generally a favorite in these tournaments as he is acknowledged to be one of the better golfers among professional athletes.

We'll have a rundown of scores after the first round is complete this afternoon. For now, Jeremy Roenick has the early lead with a two-shot lead over Jack Wagner who is still on the course.

TONY ROMO -  5/2
RICK RHODEN - 5/2
BILLY JOE TOLLIVER - 4/1
DAN QUINN - 5/1
JOHN SMOLTZ - 5/1
GRANT FUHR - 7/1
JEREMY ROENICK - 7/1
JACK WAGNER - 8/1
MIKE MODANO - 10/1
BRETT HULL - 12/1
CHRIS CHANDLER - 12/1
MARK RYPIEN - 12/1
JOHN ELWAY - 12/1
TRENT DILFER - 12/1
JERRY RICE - 15/1
STERLING SHARPE - 15/1
MARSHALL FAULK - 18/1
JOE THEISMANN - 18/1
MARTIN BRODEUR - 18/1
KEN WHISENHUNT - 20/1
ANDY PETTITTE - 20/1
JOE SAKIC - 20/1
VINCE COLEMAN - 22/1
DALE JARRETT - 25/1
MATT SCHAUB - 30/1
JARED ALLEN - 30/1
GREG MADDUX - 30/1

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2011 American Century Celebrity Championship Brings Athletes To Lake Tahoe

If there's anything many professional athletes have in common it's golf. The schedule of a professional athlete includes a lot of downtime and it is not surprising many take up golf. Some have reached a point where they even try to turn it into a second career. Jerry Rice took his chances on the Nationwide Tour and Tony Romo has considered trying to become a professional golfer.

Given the high level of interest in playing golf it should not be surprising that celebrity golf tournaments do big business for professional athletes. This weekend we have such a tournament in the form of the 2011 American Century Celebrity Championship. The tournament is a made-for-TV event owned and broadcast by NBC Sports and is arguably the most well-known celebrity tournament.

The tournament is 54 holes at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and uses a modified Stableford scoring format. It provides a total purse of $600,000 with first place getting $125,000, second place gets $50,000, and third place gets $35,000. Billy Joe Tolliver won the event last year following back-to-back wins by Rick Rhoden.

The event was broadcast Friday on VERSUS and will be on NBC from noon to 3pm pacific Saturday and Sunday. If you happen to be around Lake Tahoe this weekend, you can attend for $25 each day. Tickets are available at the tournament website.

Given the number of celebrities involved, there are a lot of interviews before, during, and after each day of golf. Over the course of the weekend we'll post some video of these interviews, along with results of the tournament.

For more on the world of golf, visit Waggle Room and SB Nation's golf hub.

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