For some, retirement comes sooner than others. Mark Mulder, after nine years in Major League Baseball, which included two all-star appearances, is enjoying a second competitive life as an elite golfer. He's made the celebrity golf tournament rounds, including the upcoming American Century Celebrity Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, which takes place this week.
Golf Advisor Senior Writer Jason Deegan caught up with Mulder at Edgewood Tahoe prior to the upcoming ACCC, which will air on NBC Sports starting this Friday, July 12th. (View air times here).
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Highlights from the conversation:
He talks about the festive vibe at Edgewood Tahoe during the ACCC, how the event has grown and how the adrenaline from the fans can make his wedges sail 165 yards-plus.
How often he was able to sneak in rounds of golf during his baseball career, as well as his thoughts on the common suggestion that playing baseball can spoil the technique of a golf swing and vice versa.
How he got into playing in golf tournaments and on the Golf Channel Am Tour prior to competing in his first celebrity event.
On being offered a sponsor's exemption into the PGA Tour's Safeway Open and how he was wary about taking a spot from an aspiring pro golfer.
On life at Scottsdale's Whisper Rock, which is home to a large collection of PGA Tour pros. It's also a place where large sums of cash can change hands.