SUIDELOE TAHOE, Nev. Vinny Del Negro became the first basketball player to win the American Century Championship, and achieved an emotional victory four days after his father died.
Del Negro, the 54-year-old former NBA player and coach who made his 20th appearance in the celebrity tournament, choked back tears after the victory and thought of Father Vincent. He died in hospital on Wednesday at the age of 85.
“I lost my dad on Wednesday, and I wanted to play well for him,” Del Negro said. “I thought of him all the time – every highway, every shot. What would he tell me?” ‘
Del Negro passed the par-5 18th regulation to force a play-off match John Smoltz and wins with another birdie on the hole in a playoff battle.
Del Negro had a 20-point round at Edgewood Tahoe in the modified Stableford points ladder to measure Smoltz (18) with a total of three days 69.
Del Negro had two birdies and two bogeys for a draw 72 in conventional scoring. Smoltz had four birdies and eight bogeys in a 76.
“I found myself really bad,” Smoltz said. ‘The only thing I could say is that I exhausted the ability to get to the last hole because I had a lot of lies and I did not play the type of golf you had to with a two point lead do not play. “
With Del Negro in the middle of the fairway on the first extra hole, Smoltz hit a low ride behind big trees in the right rough. The 54-year-old Hall of Fame thrower tried to hit a high draw between and over the trees with an 8-yard 200-yard iron, but struck a limb and hit his third in the water to the left of the green.
Del Negro was just in front of the green in two, dropping his third 12 feet short and making the birdie putt. He earns $ 125,000.
Tony romo was third with 66 points after a 24-point day. The world golf hall of Famer, Annika Sorenstam, had an 18-point round to finish fourth at 64.
Charles Barkley tied for 76th place among the 87 finishes at minus-28. He bet $ 100,000 against the 5-to-1 chance he would end up in the top 70.