Elway is top amateur
John Elway finished with a strong round and scored 21 points on the way to finishing ninth at +58. He finished as the top amateur in the field after coming in sixth last year as a non-amateur.
“I didn’t hit the ball very well today, but I made some long putts,” he said. “It actually made it a pretty exciting day.”
Elway hosted his own celebrity tournament last week in Denver and tied for 22nd. He said the responsibilities of running the event were too stressful for him to concentrate on his game.
“I don’t have all those outside pressures this week, so it’s more fun,” he said. “It’s a great tournament, a great event. I wouldn’t miss it.”
Furious finish for Fuhr
Grant Fuhr shook off a rough start to rally and finish fifth, his best result in 10 tries in Lake Tahoe.
After bogeying three of the first four holes, Fuhr closed with five birdies over the rest of the course. That included a streak of three straight beginning on the 14th.
“I didn’t hit good putts early in the round, but after the fourth hole I played pretty well,” he said. “I just settled down, I guess.”
Fuhr’s previous best was eighth place in 2002. The former NHL goalie hasn’t missed a tournament since 1995.
Van Dyken finishes last
Bringing up the rear was Amy Van Dyken. The former Olympic gold-medal swimmer finished the tournament at -100, just eight points better than the worst score possible … Donald Trump, a first-time entrant who was put at 5-1 odds to win by Caesars Tahoe, finished at -6 to tie for 56th … Crowd favorite Charles Barkley made par on the 18th hole but made 14 double bogeys on the way to -79 for the weekend.