Ex-Falcon Wins Championship

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) _ Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Chris
Chandler won the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship,
making seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch Sunday to beat six-time
winner Rick Rhoden by five points in the modified Stableford event.
Chandler, who twice birdied three consecutive holes and finished
with eight birdies and three bogeys for a five-under 67, had a
tournament-record 78 points in the modified Stableford scoring
system that puts a premium on birdies and eagles.
Rhoden, a former major league pitcher, played in the U-S Senior
Open last week.
Former N-H-L goalie Grant Fuhr was third with 70 points,
followed by former quarterbacks Mark Rypien (68) and Billy Joe
Tolliver (65), also a former Falcons quarterback.
Under the scoring system, eagles are worth six points, birdies
three, pars one, bogeys zero, and double bogeys or worse minus-two.
The previous tournament record was 76 by Tolliver in 2005.
Chandler has played in 15 of the 18 celebrity tournaments dating
to 1990 at Lake Tahoe, finishing seventh or better in each of the
past four years.

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