Mulder Takes Third Straight American Century Championship

In the early 2000s, major league baseball pitcher Mark Mulder was a young phenom for the Oakland Athletics, joining fellow hurlers Tim Hudson and Barry Zito to form one of the most feared pitching trios in recent memory.

On Sunday, Mulder achieved a new big three: three straight victories in the American Century Championship, the biggest celebrity tournament in golf.

With a final score of 73 in the modified Stableford event, Mulder cemented his status as America’s best celebrity golfer, winning by a comfortable 11 points over former tennis player Mardy Fish and former fellow ace pitcher Derek Lowe.

For the win, Mulder, whose final contract with the St. Louis Cardinals was worth $45 million over three years, received $125,000.

The Winning Putt


  • Final Result: Former AL wins leader, and Cy Young runner-up, Mark Mulder shot a final round 69 (in traditional scoring format) to finish at +73 in the three-round modified Stableford charity event, the American Century Championship.
  • Three-peat: Mulder became the first player in tournament history to win three straight events. After his 2016 victory, Mulder joined former NHL player Dan Quinn and former fellow pitcher Rick Rhoden.
  • Steph Strong: The big story of day three was the impressive final round 68 for NBA star Stephen Curry, who recently made waves in the golf world when he received a sponsor’s exemption for a Tour event that is set to tee off in August. The 68, which was worth +25, was the best round of the tournament. The two-time NBA MVP ended up finishing in a tie for fourth, 13 points behind Mulder.
  • Romo Comes Up Short: Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was the odds-on tournament co-favorite with Mulder, but a +47 after three over-par rounds left in a tie for 16th place with former MLB pitcher Bret Saberhagen, gold medal alpine skier Bode Miller, and fellow former NFL QB Trent Dilfer.
  • Chuck Lagging: A fan favorite for his notoriously poor golf, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who had a field-low 6000-1 odds coming into the tournament, finished last in the 89-player field for the second straight year. Barkley was -91 after rounds of 105-103-107. Former NBA point guard Derek Fisher and legendary announcer Al Michaels were the only other players to fail to break 100 in any round.

  • On Twitter


    “My three kids think this is the tournament where they get to run on the green. It’s really cool that I was able to back that up. I didn’t want to disappoint them.”
    Mark Mulder, 2017 American Century Championship winner

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer.


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