Friday celebrity golf notebook: Mahomes says contract eases his mind, won’t change his play – Reno Gazette Journal

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Jim Krajewski
Reno Gazette Journal

Published 9:13 PM EDT Jul 10, 2020

Patrick Mahomes is coming off a fantastic season, in which he was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl LIV, after the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers.

And now, the Chiefs quarterback won’t have to worry about money ever again, and his family will be taken care of for generations to come.

Mahomes recently signed a new contract with the Chiefs, reportedly worth more than $500 million over the next 10 years.

Mahomes, 24, is playing in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament this week at Edgewood-Tahoe, his first time in the event. He is listed at 500-to-1 odds to win at Caesar’s.

He admits his mindset has changed with the new contract.

“Anytime you do something like this, where you know where your future is and you know you have security and you know you’re going to be somewhere you can build something for a long time, it definitely eases your mind a little bit,” Mahomes said Friday at Edgewood. “I was blessed to be in a great organization, and I’ll be in that organization throughout probably my entire career. So I’m excited for that.”

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Mahomes said his contract leaves flexibility for the Chiefs to sign or add new players. He said the Chiefs are returning most of their starters from last season, 20 of the 22 are expected to be back this year.

Many activities are off limits for Mahomes now, to help ensure he is not injured in the offseason. But  Mahomes loves playing golf and said he tries to get in a round almost every day.

“I pretty much do the same thing every day, as far as either I’m working out or I’m on the golf course,” he said. “I get in, get my workouts in, usually, and go out there and play a round or a couple of holes or whatever it is. And so definitely I’m not allowed to do a lot of different things. I think that’s how it works when you sign a contract and do different things and you try to be a leader in the franchise. I’ll just go about my business, do what I usually do and do what got me here.”

Mahomes has started a charitable foundation called ’15 and the Mahomies’ in Kansas City and in his hometown of Tyler, Texas.

“Having this contract now. it will help me to be able to maximize that and hopefully move it to more of a nationwide, worldwide thing, where I can help out as many people as possible,” Mahomes said.

Mahomes said aside from his mind being more at ease, his life has not changed since signing the contract.

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“I feel exactly the same as I did before the contract. I mean, having the security and being financially secure and knowing my family and my future generations are going to be secure is awesome,” he said. “But to me, it’s always been about playing the game and playing it with love for the sport, and I’m going to keep doing that every single year.”

This is his first time playing in the celebrity tournament at Lake Tahoe, but he was in South Lake Tahoe last year for a bachelor’s party.

He hopes to keep playing in the ACC for years to come.

Romo looking for third straight win at Edgewood: Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS TV football analyst Tony Romo has won the past two celebrity tournaments at Lake Tahoe.

He is not worried about winning three straight, which would tie Mark Mulder’s streak, but just thinking about his next shot.

Romo said he feels comfortable on the course and has been playing quite a bit during the shutdown this past spring

“Whenever you compete, you want to win, regardless of really any situation you’re in,” Romo said. “But I think whenever you win at a place like this, with the people each year, it makes it even more special.

“And so, winning three in a row, obviously the goal’s always to win. But I don’t really think about necessarily the numbers as much as wanting to play good golf this week and put myself in a position to have a chance on Sunday.”

Romo said Steph Curry has the game to win this week and with more time to practice he could be in serious contention.

“When you have more time, you have an opportunity to practice and put in time on some of your weaknesses; but I feel like he’s always had enough game to be able to contend and win this,” Romo said of Curry.

He said not having fans at the golf tournament this year is the right thing to do, but he misses the interaction with them and hopes things return to normal next year

Romo said hole No. 17 along the beach at Edgewood is a unique experience. He added that No. 7 can also get rowdy.

There were about 50 boats in the water on No. 17 on Friday and it was a similar atmosphere as recent years. A fence is on the sand and  officers were not allowing people on the beach.

“It’s just a passionate fan base that gets crazy. If you want everyone to be quiet when you’re hitting a golf shot, you’re not going to get it there,” Romo said of No. 17.

He said holes No. 16 and No. 18 can be bi swings in scoring in the Modified Stableford scoring format. Players earn points for birdies (+1) and eagles (3).

“You find very quickly you can make up a lot of ground coming down the stretch,” Romo said. “So I think you just have to stay patient and understand, even if you’re not playing as well, when I first started this a while back, if you didn’t play really well early, it wasn’t going your way, you can easily let that mindset creep in. And reality is it only takes one or two holes to get back in this thing. So just stay patient.”

Romo is tied for second with John Smoltz with 20 points, behind Kyle Williams with 25.

Why hold the ACC?: Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports, said having the ACC continue this year despite the pandemic and no spectators is good for the South Lake Tahoe community

“We’ve been able to pull it off with the cooperation of everybody, including the celebrities who understood and who, quite honestly, reached out to us when the pandemic hit in March,” Miler said. “We heard from everyone from Charles Barkley to Tony Romo, to Aaron Rodgers, to Steph Curry, please, please, keep Tahoe alive; we want to come to American Century. And we knew we would have to do special things to make it work. We spent a lot of time and a lot of dialogue with American Century, who, as I said, is a great partner. And we figured out a way to make it happen.”

Jonathan Thomas, president and CEO of American Century Investments, said the tournament is usually a good opportunity to bring his clients to Lake Tahoe.

“We knew immediately that wasn’t an option. This quickly came down to effectively an encore performance of reruns or to that do this scaled-back version of what you see here,” Thomas said. 

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He said the tournament is good for branding the company, as well as donating money to charities. The $600,000 purse will be donated to Lake Tahoe, social justice and COVID relief charities.

“This year, probably more than ever, we think those charities needed those funds,” Thomas said.

in 2019, there was a record crowd at Edgewood with more than 62,000 people for the entire event.

This year are 250 people at the course, including 71 golfers, plus their caddies.

Some players are not using caddies and are allowed to use carts for the first time.

There is a much smaller volunteer contingent, Edgewood staff, PGA officials and a much smaller media group.

The ACC is being televised starting at noon Saturday and Sunday on NBC.

First round: Former Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Kyle Williams grabbed the lead early, with 25 points. 

Romo is in second place with 20 points and John Smoltz also has 20.

Mardy Fish, Jack Wagner and Carson Palmer were next with 18 points each.

Williams scored 24 points on Saturday during the ACC last year, then had 8 on Sunday.

Williams said his putter failed him last year.

“I hit the ball really well all last year, just couldn’t get the ball in the hole,” he said. “So really in my practice time here the last couple days, have spent most of my time on the greens, getting comfortable, get a good feel for them.”

Williams, who is retired from the NFL, played football at 300 pounds and said he is still about 290.

“I’m here holding it down for the 300-plus pound guys. I may not be there anymore, but I used to be. So I’m a card-carrying member. So big boys can play too,” Williams said.

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 right here. 

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