Chandler Wins Tahoe Celebrity Golf

Former NFL quarterback Chris Chandler won the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship today at Lake Tahoe, making seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch to beat six-time winner Rick Rhoden.

Chandler, who twice birdied three consecutive holes and finished with eight birdies and three bogeys for a five-under 67, had a tournament-record 78 points in the modified Stableford scoring system that puts a premium on birdies and eagles.

Rhoden, a former major league pitcher, was second with 73 points, followed by former NHL goalie Grant Fuhr with 70 points.

Former quarterbacks Mark Rypien and Billy Joe Tolliver rounded out the top five.

Chandler dedicated the victory to father-in-law John Brodie, the former quarterback and Champions Tour player who finished second in the tourney in 1997 but suffered a near-fatal stroke in 2000 and is still recovering.

Charles Barkley finished last with minus 94 points. Cheech Marin was second-to-last with minus 67.

Chandler has played in 15 of the 18 celebrity tournaments dating to 1990 at Lake Tahoe, finishing seventh or better in each of the past four years.