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Update: Shane Battier made __ pars for charity.

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If you missed my quick Q&A with NBA defense specialist Shane Battier, he was using three days of "competitive golf" at the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament in Tahoe to raise money for his charity, the Take Charge Foundation. Battier, a 20 handicap, has been working on his game and predicted a break-out performance. For every par, birdie or eagle, Battier would donate $1,000. 

Battier, a former caddie from Birmingham, Mich., made four pars on Friday, one par on Saturday, two pars and one birdie on Sunday. After it was all over he tweeted: "2 Pars and a Birdie today!!!! We raised over $13,000 today for scholarships. And 8 total pars for over $32,000 in scholarships."

The tournament itself was a two heart-throb race. Jack Wagner won it, beating Tony Romo, one of the worst placeholders in the history of the NFL, by three points.

Battier finished 77th out of 83, and more importantly, beat Charles Barkley (81st) by 10 points. Ray Allen, the best active NBA golfer, finished T23 with Michael Jordan, the best non-active NBA golfer. Jimmer Fredette, of BYU and recently drafted by the Sacramento Kings, finished last. 


Here's the complete list of the Top 150 Athlete Golfers, and here are some of their swing sequences, including Romo and Allen.

--Matty G.

(You can follow Battier on Twitter @ShaneBattier. You can follow me @Matt_Ginella.)