Saturday, July 17, 2010

Charles Barkley a Fan Favorite in Every Way

The best bet in Nevada this weekend might be betting against Charles Barkley making a birdie at the American Century Championship.

In Friday’s first round of the 54-hole event that is using a Stableford scoring system, Barkley made just two pars and had the worst score of the 84 celebrities in the field. The leaders pointed 26 first-round points; Barkley was going the other way at minus 28.

Things got even more interesting than usual when he came to the par-3 seventh hole.

A fan challenged him to hit the green on a $50 wager.

“What am I going to do with $50,” quipped the always entertaining Barkley.

“Okay, $200,” said the fan, knowing a solid wager when he saw it.

Predictably, Barkley missed the green and dropped two one-hundred dollar bills on the tee box for the lucky fan as he walked off toward the green to make a double bogey 5.

by Craig Smith, former director of media relations at the U.S. Golf Association.

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