Mark Mulder successfully defends celebrity golf title

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Posted: Jul 24, 2016 8:11 PM

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — Mark Mulder rallied Sunday at Edgewood Tahoe to successfully defend his title in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.

The former pitcher birdied seven of his first 13 holes and finished with a 29-point round for a five-point victory over Mardy Fish in the modified Stableford event. Players received six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse.

Mulder finished with 74 points and earned $125,000.

"I knew going into today I needed to make a bunch of birdies, and I didn't make many putts the last few days," Mulder said. "Today is one of those days I knew I had to. Luckily they started rolling in, and you start getting that, there's kind of a vibe out there. It's kind of a feeling at times. Our group had it. And I had it. And that's all that really matters. It was a fun day, and I'm glad I finished it off."

Second-round leader Fish had a 19-point day, missing a 12-foot eagle putt in 18. The former tennis player made $60,000.

"It wasn't a very tough putt," Fish said. "In the context of the rest of the putts throughout the week, weekend, that was a relatively easy one."

Actor Jack Wagner was third at 67, followed by former hockey players Jeremy Roenick (66) and Mike Modano (65). Entertainer Justin Timberlake was 21st with 35 points, and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry tied for 27th with 28 points. Charles Barkley was last among the 82 finishers with minus-100 points — 30 points behind 81st-place Larry the Cable Guy.