STATELINE, Nev. — Billy Joe Tolliver won the American Century Championship for the fourth time, beating fellow former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien with a par on the third hole of a playoff Sunday.
They finished regulation at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course tied at 67 in the modified Stableford format that awards graduated points for pars or better.
On the par-5 18th hole in the playoff, they had matching pars and birdies on the first two extra holes. Tolliver then took advantage of Rypien’s pitch shot into the water, winning with a two-putt par from 25 feet.
"I’m not sure how we got into a playoff," said Tolliver, also won the winner in 1996, 2005 and 2010. "I have never been in a playoff like this before. I can’t feel my hands right now.
"I guess I played the sympathy card long enough with Rypien that he finally let me have it. I feel bad for Mark because he hit that bad shot at the end. No one wants to win that way."
Rypien had a chance to win in regulation, but his 15-foot birdie putt missed to the left. He won the inaugural event in 1990 and has been second each of the past two years.
"That hole has my number," Rypien said about No. 18.
Former pitcher Mark Mulder was third with 66 points, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry tied for fourth with former NFL quarterback Chris Chandler at 64.
"I think I showed I’ve got what it takes to win here," said Curry, the second-round leader. "Obviously, it takes a lot to win. A lot has to go right. The more I play, the more comfortable I get. It’s a great environment to play golf in."