TJ Oshie Returns To The American Century Championship In South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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After a rather subdued tournament last year because of the COVID pandemic, the American Century Championship golf tournament returned in full force this week at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The tournament is most famous for its inclusion of athletes and celebrities, past and present, in a three-round tournament.

Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie, who has participated in the event several times before, also returned for the 32nd annual summertime event this week. The tournament has become a staple of the Capitals’ right-winger’s summer vacation, as Oshie and his family and friends have made it somewhat of a tradition, spending the week in Lake Tahoe each summer.

The tournament has given us quite a few classic moments from Oshie. Who could ever forget this gem from the summer of 2018. “Osh” would sink a 30-foot putt, all while donning a two-beer drinking hat. This is the stuff legends are made of.

Or this gem, also from 2018. Oshie would salute the crowd with another rendition of his version of “the hollow man”, downing a beer before teeing off on the 17th hole, all while “We Are The Champions” is being played in the background..

And finally, this gem.

But back to this year’s tournament. It sometimes gets down to serious golf, believe it or not. During Friday’s pro-am round, Oshie logged the tournament’s longest drive of the day, a whopping 369 yards (altitude assisted), ousting NFL MVP quarterback Patrick Mohames from the top spot for the day.

On Friday Oshie was on hand to celebrate former Dallas Stars’ legend Mike Modano’s incredible albatross (double-eagle) on the 18th hole. You can hear Oshie whooping it up in celebration as soon as the ball goes in the whole.

On Saturday, Oshie was raining threes on the 17th tee. The 17th hole is famous for having a very loose atmosphere, with music blaring and plenty of rowdy partying fans along the ropes as fans park their boats right up against the fairway,

Oshie was paired with Dallas Stars’ Joe Pavelski and Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano for the Friday and Saturday rounds.

Oshie is being a bit modest, and has a pretty good game, himself, considering he doesn’t get the chance to play as much as others. This swing is pretty sweet.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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