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Mardy Fish won $600,000 for tournament charities after winning the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe on July 12.

Mardy Fish won the 2020 American Century Championship on July 12, shooting a 72 and posting a final 76 points for the tournament in the celebrity golf tournament that raised money for charities, including the Equal Justice Initiative, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy COVID-19 Response Fund and the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund.

“I’ve wanted to play well here for a long time. It just doesn’t suit my eye very well. So I haven’t put it all together. And, thankfully, I put it all together yesterday because it wasn’t today and it wasn’t Friday,” Fish said afterward.

Former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams placed second while former Atlanta Braves Cy Young Award winner John Smoltz placed third at the tournament that held no spectators except for boaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Playing to a mostly silent course didn’t faze Fish.

“I focus in pretty good anyways. I’ve played a lot of matches in Davis Cup formats for the U.S. in some pretty hostile places, Colombia and Switzerland, and all over the place. And they’ll yell in your overhead and yell in your serve. So I’m used to that kind of stuff,” said former tennis player Fish.

“Mardy played fearless. He played relentless,” Smoltz said. “He didn’t change his theory and it ended up working out.” Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry had 26 points Sunday – his second-best effort in eight appearances at the Lake Tahoe event – and finished fourth with 56 points.

Tony Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback who won here in 2018 and 2019, withdrew Sunday morning. He suffered an undisclosed wrist injury late in his round Saturday. Former NBA great Charles Barkley, who has frequently finished last in this event, was 70th in the 71-player field, edging out former Ohio State Heisman Trophy-winning running back Eddie George.