Curry: 'So much talent, it's unreal' on Web.com Tour
June 28, 2017
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
Stephen Curry to play Ellie Mae Classic on sponsor's inviteTwo-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has accepted a sponsor's invitation to compete in the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in early August.
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry played in last year's Safeway Open pro-am alongside PGA TOUR player Harold Varner III.
As Varner and Curry neared the conclusion of their Wednesday round, they competed in an impromptu three-point shooting contest from deep range, taking aim at a hoop on-site at Silverado Resort and Spa.
Curry couldn't get a shot to fall. Varner did.
Harold Varner, Stephen Curry at Safeway Open
They might not have known it at the time, but Curry will get a shot at redemption, so to speak, this summer.
The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player has accepted a sponsor's invitation to compete in the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae, August 3-6, and he intends to make the most of it.
Curry will tee it up in competition against some of the world's best golfers, at a course where Stephan Jaeger won last year with a 30-under 250 total.
On 23 occasions, an athlete from a different sport has teed it up in a Web.com Tour event. The list includes Jerry Rice, John Smoltz, Brett Hull and Al Del Greco, among others.
Curry, 29, one of the most successful three-point shooters in NBA history, will take dead aim at golf history when he tees it up at TPC Stonebrae, as he strives to become the first crossover athlete to make the cut on the Web.com Tour.
Summer league, with a twist.
"It is a huge honor to be able to play in the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic, benefitting the Warriors Community Foundation," Curry said in a statement Wednesday. "When I found out I was getting a sponsor’s exemption, I had a lot of emotions about it because I love to play golf. It’s a passion of mine."
"But to be able to play alongside the next and best of the golf professionals is going to be a huge honor, a huge treat. Looking forward to hopefully not embarrassing myself, but mostly just having a lot of fun, and hopefully raising a lot of money for the Foundation.
"So it’s gonna be really fun. I hope everybody comes out and watches. I’m going to try to keep it in the fairway and play well, so, see you guys there."
Curry added to his statement with a series of tweets, expressing his excitement for the opportunity while also providing a window of insight into his expectations for the experience.
People asking why I’m playing. Unexpected invite & Always a dream 2 play golf w/ the pros. @WebDotComTour has so much talent it’s unreal.— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) June 28, 2017
Supporting great cause & want all of the Bay Area comes out 2 watch these guys go low all week! @GSWfoundation does Great work for the Bay!— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) June 28, 2017
obviously want to play well & see how I handle tournament golf. No expectations except keep ball out of the gallery and not go Happy Gilmore— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) June 28, 2017