Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry has the golf bug, so much so that he took on the Web.com Tour’s best last year as an amateur in the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae near San Francisco. Now, Curry appears poised to become host of a PGA Tour event as soon as the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.
ESPN reports Curry’s representation through Octagon is in discussions with the PGA Tour on a deal which would allow them to sell sponsorship deals for a tournament that will be played in the fall of 2019. The report doesn’t indicate if this is an existing tournament, like the Safeway Open, which is played in the nearby Napa region, or a new event.
The Safeway Open is informally hosted now by Johnny Miller, who owns a piece of the host Silverado Resort. Safeway’s deal to sponsor the event expires in 2020, and the tournament is run by Lagardere. Previous tournament sponsor, Frys.com, indicated it would hope to get back on the PGA Tour as a sponsor pending the completion of the clubhouse of owner John Fry’s ultra-private The Institute golf club.
The PGA Tour didn’t indicate one way or another the validity of the ESPN report, but the Tour’s response suggests this could be unfolding.
“There’s no doubt Stephen Curry brings a young, new, diverse audience to the PGA Tour through his passion for this great game and support for the community,” said PGA Tour spokeswoman Laura Neal to ESPN. “We’re excited about the prospect of partnering with an iconic athlete of his caliber in the future.”
In recent memory, Justin Timberlake was the latest non-pro golfer to host a PGA Tour event, with his name on what’s now known (more concisely) as the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.