Six-Time Winner Rhoden Surges To Lead At Tahoe Celebrity Golf

Rick Rhoden is back atop the leaderboard of the celebrity golf tournament he's won six times before at Lake Tahoe.

The former major league pitcher went birdie-birdie-eagle during one stretch today on the way to a five-under-par 67 worth 51 points in the modified Stableford scoring system at the 18th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.

Ex-N-H-L great Grant Fuhr was in second with 48 points, followed by former quarterbacks Chris Chandler and Mark Rypien with 47 headed into tomorrow's final round at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

The scoring system awards six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus two for double bogey or worse.

Rhoden struggled in the U-S Senior Open at Whistling Straits on the shores of Lake Michigan a week ago.

Charles Barkley, in last place with minus 63 points, had to take a two-stroke penalty on his first hole when he whiffed a shot in the fairway.

His next shot hit a tree and his drive on the next duck-hooked into the gallery, narrowly missing the spectators.