FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 16, 2022
THE SUPERSTARS RETURN TO TAHOE FOR THE AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP, JULY 6-10
Top Field presents newcomers Colin Jost, The Miz, Jake Owen
and fan favorites Justin Timberlake, Charles Barkley, Larry the Cable Guy
to the preeminent Celebrity Golf Championship on NBC
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., May 16, 2022 – Sports and entertainment superstars will take center stage at Edgewood Tahoe, July 6-10, for the 33rd Annual American Century Championship, the premier celebrity golf tournament.
Gallery favorites Justin Timberlake, Charles Barkley and Larry the Cable Guy will be joined by newcomers Colin Jost from Saturday Night LiveThe Miz of World Wrestling Entertainment, and country music singer/songwriter Jake Owen will compete for $600,000 and charity fundraising at the 54-hole tournament.
The American Championship of the Century will be nationally televised Friday through Sunday (July 8-10), with GOLF Channel airing the opening round Friday and NBC airing live coverage Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are now available online only in advance at: www.AmericanCenturyChampionship.com with daily tickets for Wednesday’s practice round and Thursday’s Celebrity-Amateur at $30, and tournament rounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday at $40 per day. A Grounds Pass for all five days is just $90, a savings of 50%.
Vinny Del Negro will defend his title against famous contenders including Annika Sorenstam, one of the greatest professional players in history with 72 LPGA Tour wins and eight Player of the Year awards; Mark Mulder, three-time ACC champion and former star pitcher for the Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals; Mardy Fish, winner of the 2020 tournament, former tennis star and current captain of the USA Davis Cup team; and John Smoltz, MLB Hall of Fame pitcher, 2018 US Senior Open qualifier and Fox MLB analyst.
A contingent of 29 NFL stars are on the field, including current quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, 2021 MVP; and Derek Carr of the Las Vegas Raiders. Active players also include Robbie Gould, 49ers; Adam Thielen, Harrison Smith and Patrick Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.
Hall of Fame members include Michael Strahan, Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Jerome Bettis, Terrell Davis, Brian Urlacher, Charles Woodson; as well as former All-Pros Larry Fitzgerald, DeMarcus Ware, Kyle Williams and Jim McMahon. Current coaches include Mike Vrabel, Tennessee Titans and Herm Edwards, Arizona State.
NBA representation includes Hall of Famers Ray Allen and local favorite Charles Barkley; defending champion Del Negro; current Miami Heat star Kyle Lowery and Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso, who is making his tournament debut; and Vince Carter, eight-time All-Star and current ESPN analyst.
Among the women currently in the field are the aforementioned Annika, who will be joined by Dylan Dreyer, meteorologist for NBC News and Today; Kathryn Tappen, NBC Sports anchor and on-air personality; and Kira K. Dixon, GOLF Channel reporter and Miss America 2015.
The lineup of entertainers, actors and comedians includes Jost, Miles Teller, Anthony Anderson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Michael Pena, Ray Romano, Rob Riggle, Brian Baumgartner, John O’Hurley, Larry the Cable Guy, Jay DeMarcus, formerly of Rascal Flatts, Jason Scheff, former singer and bassist from Chicago, and Jack Wagner, two-time champion and one of the two originals with Jim McMahon, to have played in the 32 American championships of the century.
Major League Baseball includes Smoltz, teammate and Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, CC Sabathia, Joe Maurer, Jimmy Rollins, Kevin Millar, Shane Victorino, Tim Wakefield and David Wells.
Additions to the field will be announced ahead of the championship in July. The current tournament field is available here.
The 54-hole competition will test the golf skills of more than 80 players, some of whom compete as amateurs and donate their prize money to tournament charities. the American Century Championship donated over $5 million to nonprofits.
The 2022 American Championship of the Century will use the Modified Stableford format in which points are awarded by score per hole. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, designed by George Fazio, is ranked by Golf Digest Magazine as one of “America’s Top 100 Golf Courses.”
Investments of the American Century, 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 community of South Tahoe.
For the latest details, photos, celebrity tweets and fan contests using #ACCgolf, visit @ACChampionship on Twitter and Instagram, and Facebook. For tournament information: www.AmericanCenturyChampionship.com.
About American Century Investments – Tournament Title Sponsor
American Century Investments is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting cutting-edge medical research. Founded in 1958, American Century Investments’ 1,400 employees serve financial professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors from offices in New York; London; Frankfurt; Hong Kong; Sydney; Los Angeles; Santa Clara, California; and Kansas City, Mo. Jonathan Thomas is president and chief executive officer, and Victor Zhang is chief investment officer. Providing investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute more than 40% of its dividends to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person nonprofit basic biomedical research organization. The Institute owns more than 40% of American Century Investments and has received $1.8 billion in dividends since 2000. For more information about American Century Investments, visit www.americancentury.com.
About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Lake Tahoe was recently named #24 in the World’s Top 100 Golf Destinations for Best Combination of Experiences: Spectacular Golf, Restaurants, Attractions, Resorts, Culture by GolfPass. Tahoe South combines the distinctive appeal of two worlds: spectacular natural beauty and a modern tourist destination with an array of outdoor recreation, entertainment, nightlife and gaming. Tahoe’s timeless splendor and diversity in health and wellness, green business practices and sustainability continue to define its inimitable personality. For more information on lodging, recreation, packages, and healthy travel in Tahoe South, call 1-800-288-2463 or log on to www.TahoeSouth.com