Stephen Curry added to star-studded celebrity golf field at Lake Tahoe

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Stephen Curry, shown in last year’s event, returns to the American Century Championship this year for the ninth time. (Bill Rozak
Tahoe Daily Tribune)

STATELINE, Nev. — The brightest celebrity field in the 32-year history of the American Century Championship has just been amped to a higher wattage with Stephen Curry returning to Lake Tahoe to play in celebrity golf’s pre-eminent tournament, July 7-11 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Curry, the Golden State Warriors’ perennial All-Star, three-time NBA champion and two-time Most Valuable Player, will bring his brother Seth, a first timer, and his dad, Dell, who will make his seventh appearance.

The Curry clan will join Justin Timberlake, Annika Sorenstam, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Tony Romo, Michael Strahan and Charles Barkley among the lineup of 90 sports and entertainment celebrities.

NBC and NBCSN will televise the tournament live Friday-Sunday, July 9-11, with Golf Channel surrounding tournament coverage with interviews and insights through the week.

To watch the tournament live and in-person, tickets are available online and in advance only at

Stephen Curry, a fan favorite who is making his ninth appearance, has finished fourth three times, including last year where he had the best final round of any player with 26 points in the Modified Stableford format.

Curry will also be one of the leading choices in the sportsbooks.

The battle for the 2021 title is slated to include standout golfers like two-time winner Tony Romo, three-time champion Mark Mulder, PGA Tour Champions exemption competitor John Smoltz, and defending champion Mardy Fish, the U.S. Davis Cup Captain.

The event features a $600,000 purse with $125,000 to the winner while many of the players contribute their winnings to nonprofits. The American Century Championship has donated over $5.5 million to nonprofits over the years.

In recent years, Stephen and Dell have had a wager with the loser having to dive into Lake Tahoe or singing the winner’s choice of song at karaoke night before a large group. The wager this year is to be determined in conjunction with Seth’s participation.

The tournament was safely conducted in 2020 albeit without spectators amidst the global pandemic and raised $600,000 for COVID-19 and social justice charities while fulfilling its commitment to promote the Lake Tahoe region in what is usually the destination resort’s biggest week of the year.

Including limits on tickets this year, multiple precautions will be taken by event officials and sponsors to ensure health and safety for all participants and attendees. Lake Tahoe tourism authorities have enacted various “Know Before You Go” protocols as well as the Lake Tahoe Take Care Travel Pledge to reinforce mindful and responsible travel efforts.

In addition to Seth Curry, first-timers to the tournament include Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott, Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, two-time New York Giants Super Bowl Champions Strahan and teammate Justin Tuck, and former New York Yankees star pitcher CC Sabathia. With Timberlake, Ray Romano and other entertainment celebrities, the field also represents multiple Emmy and Grammy Awards.

All told, the field collectively represents 17 Hall of Famers, 13 Most Valuable Player awards and 15 Cy Young Awards, and eight Player of the Year Awards.

American Century Investments, the title sponsor of the championship since 1998, continues its role in partnership with NBC Sports, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and the South Tahoe community.

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For the latest details, photos, celebrity tweets and fan contests using #ACCgolf go to @ACChampionship on Twitter and Instagram, and Facebook.

Former NBA standout Dell Curry, shown in last year’s event, will be making his seventh ACC appearance. (Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune)

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