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Strong finish catapults Aaron Rodgers into top 10 in Lake Tahoe

Packers quarterback downs long eagle putt to finish ninth at American Century Championship 

QB Aaron Rodgers at the American Century Championship golf tournament in South Lake Tahoe, Nev.
QB Aaron Rodgers at the American Century Championship golf tournament in South Lake Tahoe, Nev.

Aiming for top 20 in his 18th appearance at the American Century Championship, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers drained a long eagle putt on No. 18 to catapult himself to a top 10 finish in South Lake Tahoe, Nev., on Sunday.

After calling top 20 a "benchmark" during a Thursday appearance on "The Pat McAfee Show," the Packers' MVP quarterback shot a par 72 at Edgewood Golf Club to finish the three-day event in sole possession of ninth place with 50 points.

It was Rodgers' second-best performance in his 18 appearances. He finished eighth, with 53 points, at the 54-hole event in 2017.

The tournament uses a modified Stableford scoring format with players earning 10 points for an ace/double eagle, eight for a hole-in-one, six for an eagle, three for a birdie, one for par, and minus-2 points for anything more than a double bogey.

Rodgers was lights out on the back nine Sunday, birding three consecutive holes and finishing with a long-distance putt on No. 18 for eagle.

Rodgers shot an 80 during the first round, earning 11 points, and a 77 on Day 2 for another 15.

Former Dallas quarterback Tony Romo won the event for the third time with 62 points after winning a three-way playoff against Mark Mulder and Joe Pavelski.

Other participants with Packers connections included A.J. Hawk (53rd, two points), Jim McMahon (68th, minus-16) and Charles Woodson (73rd, minus-25).

Along with his two top-10 performances, Rodgers previously finished 24th in 2021, 16th in 2020, 21st in 2019, tied for 18th in 2018, 32nd in 2016, 27th in both 2014 and 2015, tied for 22nd in 2013, tied for 35th in 2012, tied for 39th in 2011, tied for 43rd in 2010, 46th in 2009, 43rd in 2008, tied for 47th in 2007, tied for 32nd in 2006, and tied for 58th in 2005.