Charles Barkley loses Tahoe celebrity golf bet with Aaron Rodgers, but Packers QB charity wins
STATELINE — Most people never thought there was a chance Charles Barkley could beat Aaron Rodgers in the celebrity golf tournament.
And no, it did not happen.
Rodgers, who has played in the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe for 18 years, made a bet with Barkley that if Barkley finished ahead of him, Rodgers would let Barkley cut off his man bun.
Rodgers, who made an eagle on No. 18 Sunday — the first one there all day — finished in ninth place with 50 points, while Barkley finished in 74th place with minus-26 points.
It was Barkley's best-ever finish in the tournament at South Lake Tahoe.
Rodgers' 3 points on the par-5 added 6 to his score as he finished with 24 for the day.
Since Rodgers placed higher than Barkley, the NBA legend agreed to donate $25,000 to Rodgers’ charity of choice — North Valley Community Foundation in his hometown of Chico, California.
Another bet involving Barkley was on how well he would finish in the tournament overall.
Caesars Sportsbook was offering odds on Barkley to finish in the top 70 of the 87-golfer field.
Odds opened with Barkley as a 5-1 underdog to finish in the top 70, but those odds improved in his favor during the week.
South Tahoe ambassador
Barkley, who is a big supporter of South Lake Tahoe and firefighting efforts there, joined with the Tahoe Douglas Fire District to make an announcement encouraging support of a fire safety campaign effort, the "Operation Save The Tahoe Basin" fire rescue helicopter program.
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Officials say having fire helicopters based at the Lake would have made a major difference in fighting last year’s Caldor Fire, which burned 221,835 acres, destroyed 1,003 structures, and led to the evacuation of 22,000 people.
Barkley was instrumental in his support of the Angora Fire back in 2007, and voiced his encouragement again to help preserve Lake Tahoe from future fire disasters.
Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal. Follow him on Twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com.