Stephen Curry, Travis Kelce, Charles Barkley and other celebrities show off in long drive contest

At the American Century Championship on the shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, these celebrities certainly drove for show. Active and retired athletes, artists, and personalities teed it up for 54 holes of modified Stableford play. Shoutout to Tony Romo who won the event for the third time after carding a three-under 69 in the final round. Check out the leaderboard to see how your favorite celebrities fared.

Others found more luck at the long drive competition led by GOLF’s Subpar co-host Drew Stoltz, where their capabilities in the gym held more importance. Eight competitors recorded carries of over 300 yards, but you’ll be devastated to hear that Charles Barkley was not one of them. However, he was much closer than you may think. 

The NFL showed up in a powerful way with six of the top ten on the longest drive leaderboard, but the winner was an MLB pitcher who isn’t even known for his speed. Maybe we should take a lesson from John Lester about hitting the center of the club face. 

Before you put your head in your hands, wondering how these celebrities who play golf as their second or third sport hit the ball so much further than you, take a look at where the event was played. 

At the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada, the elevation is over 6,000 feet above sea level. According to Andrew Rice’s research, your driver will carry an additional 2.5 yards for every 1,000 feet of elevation.

To see Stephen Curry, Travis Kelce, Charles Barkley and other celebrities show off in long drive contest, watch the video above.

Tyler Zimmer Contributor

Tyler is a collegiate golfer for Cornell University working as’s summer intern. He was the editor-in-chief for The Haverford School’s Index after serving as the sports section editor. Tyler writes tournament content, product reviews, and instructional pieces from his perspective as an active player.