A handful of D.C. athletes strutted their stuff on the greens at the American Century Classic, the annual celebrity golf tournament where the likes of Washington quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Capitals winger T.J. Oshie made appearances.
Former Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith finished with the best score of athletes with ties to the nation's capital in the marquee event. The retired QB finished 22nd, two ahead of draft class mate Aaron Rodgers (24) and a few behind former Bengals QB Carson Palmer (T-16).
Former NBA coach and player Vinny Del Negro became the first basketball player to take home the top prize, which was a $125,000 purse this year. The victory was an emotional one as Del Negro's father died two days before the start on Friday.
A day before the three-round golf tournament, Oshie nonchalantly crushed the longest drive of the day a casual 369 yards. It was his partner who made history during the event, however, as NHL Hall of Famer Mike Modano made the first double eagle in the history of the event.
Nobody gets more hype than Oshie, who tied for 39th.
Oshie's top-40 finish on Sunday was the second best of the handful of D.C. athletes and celebrities -- behind only Smith. Clearly more focused on the 2021-22 NFL season, current Washington QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had the worst showing of the D.C. contingent.
Former Washington Super Bowl MVP quarterback Mark Rypien, who won the event in its first year (the year before the Burgundy and Gold won Super Bowl XXVI in 1991), tied for 49th. Rypien is just one of seven to have won the Classic multiples times after his 2014 triumph. His predecessor in Washington, Joe Theisman, narrowly snuck in the top 50.
Spanning from Friday to Sunday at the Edgewood Tahoe course in Nevada, it was a who's who of a high-profile cast of participants. Two-time winner Tony Romo finished third, Steph Curry came in with a ninth-placed finish, Sterling Sharpe and Adam Thielen tied for 12th, and Al Michaels finished last, 11 spots behind a $100,000-poorer Charles Barkley.
Washington Athletes at the American Century Classic
Alex Smith, former Washington QB
- Place: 22
- Score: 40
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals winger
- Place: T-39
- Score: 20
Joe Theismann, former Washington QB
- Place: T-49
- Score: 16
Ryan Fitzpatrick, WFT QB
- Place: 63
- Score: -9