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Tony Romo Returns to American Century Championship as Retiree in Pursuit of First Celebrity Title
May 23, 2017 (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Calif./Nev.) -- Newly-retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will attempt to win his first American Century Championship golf tournament this summer, returning to the celebrity field for the first time since 2012. (www.americancenturychampionship.com)
The Cowboys all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns, Romo played in the Lake Tahoe tournament for six consecutive years from 2007 through 2012. He was runner-up three successive years from 2009 – 2011 and had five top-five finishes with an 11th place result. In 2011, Romo narrowed actor Jack Wagner’s 10-point lead on the back nine (modified Stableford format) prior to Wagner birdieing 17 to secure the victory.
Harrah’s and Harveys Race & Sports Book has installed Romo as a co-favorite to win with two-time defending champion Mark Mulder at 3 to 1. Now in its 28th year, the tournament is set for July 14-16 and offering a purse of $600,000, while raising money for local and national charities. The 54-hole competition tests the golf skills of 80-plus stars from sports and entertainment and has donated over $4 million to charity. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, a Golf Digest Top 100 Course, has hosted the tournament since its inception. The tournament will be televised live by NBC Sports and NBCSN that weekend.
Romo, who retired from the NFL in April, played 13 seasons with the Cowboys and was a four-time Pro-Bowler. In the fall, Romo will debut as the lead color commentator for CBS on NFL games. He is an accomplished amateur golfer who’s made several attempts at qualifying for the U.S. Open, including earlier this month when he missed advancing by only a few strokes.
Romo will join a field of entertainment, sports stars and Hall of Famers including Aaron Rodgers, John Elway, Charles Barkley, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Steve Young, Marshall Faulk, Derek Fisher, Jason Kidd, Deron Williams, Alex Smith, Bode Miller, Al Michaels, Larry the Cable Guy, Jack Wagner, Mike Modano and first timers Charles Woodson and Paige Spiranac, professional golf competitor and personality.
For further information, contact:
|Steve Griffith||Phil Weidinger|
|Vision Group||Weidinger Public Relations|
|484/433-7757 (East Coast)||775/588-2412 (West Coast)|
About American Century Investments
Tournament title sponsor American Century Investments is a leading global asset management firm focused on delivering superior investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives. Founded in 1958, American Century Investments’ 1,300 employees serve investment professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors from offices in New York; London; Hong Kong; Mountain View, Calif.; and Kansas City, Mo. Jonathan S. Thomas is president and chief executive officer, and Victor Zhang and David MacEwen serve as co-chief investment officers. Delivering investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute over 40 percent of its profits to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organization. The Institute, which is the official charity of the American Century Championship, owns more than 40 percent of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments of nearly $1.3 billion since 2000. For more information about American Century Investments, visit www.americancentury.com.
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