Steph Curry has an itch, and the Golden State Warriors guard — and now two-time NBA champion — is going to get a chance to scratch it when he competes on the Web.com Tour in the Ellie Mae Classic.
Curry was given a sponsor’s exemption into the tournament, which will be played Aug. 3-6 at TPC Stonebrae, outside of San Francisco and the Bay Area.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to play with the pros in the upcoming Ellie Mae Classic, not only to be able to compete against some of the best golfers in the world, but to also help bring light to the tournament’s charitable footprint of giving back to the Warriors Community Foundation,” Curry is quoted as saying in a PGA Tour release.
“Golf has always been a passion of mine and it’s a dream come true to get the chance to play inside the ropes amongst the pros in a PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament.”
The two-time NBA MVP has given some indication that, as a nearly-scratch player, he might like to pursue a professional golf career when his days on the court are done. However, at this tournament, where Stephen Jaeger shot the first 58 in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event to win by seven shots, Curry will remain an amateur regardless of outcome.
Curry follows in the footsteps of another Bay Area sports legend, Hall-of-Famer NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice, in competing in this event. Rice fared poorly, shooting an 81 in one round in 2011. However, a year later, Rice withdrew when he was 23 over through 27 holes of the event.