Tony Romo took home the $125,000 prize after beating out a star-studded celebrity field. The NFL player is now just the third person to win this prestigious golf event, which pays out over a million dollars in cash and prizes annually.

The “celebrity golf tournament” is a game that has been around for decades. Tony Romo was able to beat out the other celebrities and win $125K.

Playoff. It’s a close game. Tony Romo advances to catch the ball.

When Romo led the Dallas Cowboys as the starting quarterback a few years ago, this may not have been a prescription for success. But at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, the former quarterback came up big and won the tournament against a star-studded field of amateur celebrity golfers.

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For the last 33 years, the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship has been an annual celebrity golf event hosted at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

According to the tournament website, the event “is a made-for-TV event owned and aired by NBC Sports.”

The AAC Golf Championship raises money for charity and offers a $600,000 prize pool to competitors, with $125,000 going to the top finisher. Instead of the usual stroke scoring method, a modified Stableford scoring system is used in this 54-hole (three-round) competition.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS NFL commentator Tony Romo, former Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder, and current Dallas Stars NHL player Joe Pavelski all received a score of 62 for the 2022 edition of the competition. A two-hole, sudden-death playoff followed.

Romo defeated Mulder and Pavelski to win the cup when they were tied after one pass at the 18th hole.

Romo’s third triumph in the competition put him on par with Mulder, who has also won it three times. To catch former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver, former NHL forward Dan Quinn, and former MLB pitcher Rick Rhoden, who have won the event four, five, and eight times, respectively, both ex-pro sportsmen still have a long way to go.

The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship features which celebrities?

With a field to back it up, the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship calls itself “the finest celebrity golf competition.” 87 athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, LPGA, and WWE, as well as actors, comedians, singers, and other entertainers of all stripes, participated in the 2022 event.

Some of the most well-known athletes currently competing were:

  • Packers of Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers
  • The Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen
  • Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes
  • the Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce
  • The Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala
  • Miami Heat’s Kyle Lowry
  • The Miz, a star in the WWE

Joe Pavelski of the Dallas Stars would have been the first current competitor to win the competition since Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins won it in 1998. The retired athletes, who are often the victor, were represented by legends like:

  • NFL star Jerry Rice
  • NFL star Emmitt Smith
  • NFL player Brian Urlacher
  • NBA Charles Barkley
  • NBA star Vinny Del Negro
  • MLB’s Tom Glavine
  • MLB’s Tim Wakefield

Annika Sorenstam, a former LPGA champion and South Lake Tahoe resident, placed T4. Del Curry, a former NBA player, scored 54 points ahead of Seth Curry of the Brooklyn Nets but two points behind his son, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry.

But there were others on the track besides athletes. Many performers participated in the events, including:

  • singer Justin Timberlake
  • Singer Nick Jonas
  • actor Alfonso Ribiero
  • actor Miles Teller
  • comic Larry the Cable Guy
  • comedic actor Colin Jost

The top two performers were the soap opera actor Jack Wagner (14th) and country musician Jake Owen (12th).

A number of well-known sports media figures, including Pat McAfee, Joe Buck, and Jay Bilas, also took part, with Buck (31st) dominating that group.

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