Stephen Curry in Mix, Charles Barkley in Last at American Century Championship

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2018

Golden State Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry lines up a putt on the first green during the first round at the American Century Golf Championship, Friday, July 13, 2018, at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nev. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen)
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San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski leads the 2018 American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament after his two-under 70 in Friday's first round at Edgewood Golf Club in Stateline, Nevada, translated to 25 points in the event's Modified Stableford scoring system.        

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer is in second place with 24 points, while Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz and longtime NFL QB Mark Rypien are tied for third with 21.

Former MLB starting pitcher Mark Mulder, the three-time defending champion, is tied for 16th place after scoring 16 points in the opening round.

Other notable participants in the star-studded affair include Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (18 points, T-8), Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (16, T-16) and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (nine, T-35)

Basketball Hall of Fame forward Charles Barkley (minus-34) is also on hand to put his enigmatic golf swing on display once again. He's in last place out of 92 golfers through 18 holes.

Pavelski endured a roller-coaster start with three birdies and three bogeys over his first seven holes. He settled in nicely from there, however, playing his final 11 holes bogey-free.

It's no surprise to see Smoltz in the mix after Day 1. The former Atlanta Braves fireballer qualified for the U.S. Senior Open in June. He missed the cut on the second day, though.

Meanwhile, Mulder nearly played himself out of contention for a four-peat Friday. He carded two double bogeys and five bogeys across his first 15 holes.

He stormed back with an eagle on No. 16 followed by back-to-back birdies to close out the round. It at least gives him a chance to contend with a strong weekend.

As usual, Barkley provided plenty of entertainment value:

Here's a look at some of the day's other highlights:

Live coverage of Saturday's second round starts at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

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