Quinn Wins Celebrity Tahoe Event


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. -- Dan Quinn birdied the 18th hole Sunday to hold off Rick Rhoden and win the American Century Championship. He collected 29 points for a three-round total of 74, which was one better than Rhoden.
The tournament used the modified Stableford scoring system which awards 10 points for a double-eagle, eight for a hole-in-one, six for an eagle, three for a birdie, one for a par, zero points for a bogey and minus-two points for a double-bogey or worse.
Quinn held a one-point lead over Rhoden when the pair reached the par-5 closing hole at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Quinn had hit a tree at the 17th and bogeyed the hole, making it this close.
At the closing hole, Rhoden did not hit a great drive, but did knock his second within 25 feet of the pin. Quinn hit a 6-iron 12 feet from the flag and the stage was set.
Rhoden missed his eagle putt, but tapped in his birdie try to get three points and take the lead with 73 points. Quinn needed to two-putt for the win and that's what he did, although he left his eagle putt 3 feet short. He holed the birdie putt and collected his third win at this event in the last four years.
'Rick played very well today,' said Quinn, who won this tournament for the fourth time. 'It's probably the first time we've been paired together on Sunday where we both played well.
'It was a career 6-iron. I'm very happy.'
Quinn pocketed $100,000 for the victory.
Rhoden, a six-time time champion of this event, collected 28 points on Sunday and the all-time leader in wins on the Celebrity Tour tipped his cap to the former NHL player who hoisted the trophy.
'I want to congratulate Danny. He played good,' said Rhoden. 'It was fun playing. I'd make a birdie, he'd make an a birdie, we'd both make a birdie. I don't think it got to more than two or three points all day.'
Mark Rypien recorded 22 points on Sunday and took third place with 67 points. Billy Joe Tolliver, the second-round leader, only managed 17 points in the final round for fourth place with 64 points.
Former hockey goaltender Grant Fuhr netted 18 points for fifth with 63 while quarterback Chris Chandler tallied 21 points on Sunday. He came in sixth with a total of 61 points.
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