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Tony Romo leads American Century Championship after first round

Tony Romo
Tony Romo is in the lead after the first round of the American Century Championship. (Kenzie Bales/Nevada Sports Net)

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo got off to a slow start Friday at the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe, but he stormed into the first-round lead after a strong back nine to pace the field of 90 celebrities.

Romo scored 26 points in the first round for a two-shot lead over second-place Patrick Peterson, who scored a 24. Derek Lowe is third with 23 points. John Smoltz is fourth with 22. Jack Wagner tallied 21 for fifth. Carson Palmer and Dell Curry tied for sixth with 20 points. Mark Mulder, a three-time ACC champion, is eighth with 19 points.

Romo, who won last year's ACC championship, shot three over on the front nine before making five birdies on a bogey-less back nine. Lowe also had a strong back nine. The former All-Star pitcher started his round with 10 pars before three birdies and one bogey over his final eight holes. Lowe's best finish at the ACC came two years ago when he finished second.

Romo and Lowe both carded rounds of 70, but Romo's four more birdies than Lowe gave him the edge in points in the modified Stableford scoring system. Peterson shot an even-par 72 but carded six birdies to go with six bogeys to leapfrog Lowe for second.

Smoltz, who has nine top-10 finishes in his nine appearances in the field, posted a 1-under 71 with three birdies and two bogeys. Wagner, a two-time ACC champion, played an even-par 72 with three birdies being offset by three bogeys. Mulder, a co-favorite with Romo entering the tournament, shot a 73 that included three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.

In the battle of Currys, Dell beat his son Steph, who scored 15 points, five shy of his dad. Steph Curry carded an eagle on the 18th to salvage his round (he shot a 77), finishing tied for 12th. Justin Timberlake, who played with Steph Curry and Romo, scored 11 points while shooting a 79, good for a tie for 24th. Aaron Rodgers shot a 82, good for 8 points, tied for 30th.

In a mild surprise, Charles Barkley didn't finish last after the first round. In fact, he wasn't even in the bottom 10. The fan favorite and former NBA star scored minus-12 points after firing a 94. That put him in 76th place.

For full first-round results, click here.

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