Stephen Curry paired with 2018 winners Martin Trainer and Cameron Champ at Ellie Mae Classic
August 07, 2018
By Alex Wood, PGATOUR.COM
- August 07, 2018
- Three-time NBA champion and two-time MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors will play for the second consecutive year in the Ellie Mae Classic. (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
HAYWARD, Calif. – The Web.com Tour announced that 2018 National Basketball Association (NBA) Champion and Golden State Warriors All-Star Guard Stephen Curry will make his much-anticipated return to professional golf Thursday beginning at 9:06 a.m. PT at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae.
Curry will be paired alongside 2018 tournament winners Martin Trainer and Cameron Champ, who currently sit at Nos. 4 and 6 on the Regular Season money list, respectively. The trio is set to tee off in Friday’s second round at 2:26 p.m. PT.
“I’m thrilled that Stephen Curry will be playing in the Ellie Mae Classic,” Trainer remarked. “He’s such an iconic figure in the Bay Area and has such a large reach in the community that his presence alone will bring positive attention to what is a great tournament on a Tour with tremendously talented players.”
Curry made his professional golf debut at the event’s 2017 edition, carding rounds of 74-74—148 (8-over) while drawing tournament-record crowds at host TPC Stonebrae. He will once again maintain his amateur status in the event as he competes on an unrestricted sponsor exemption.
Trainer and Champ both secured their 2018-19 PGA TOUR cards in the last four weeks. After beginning the 2018 El Bosque Mexico Championship by Innova without any status on Tour, Trainer was able to convert a sponsor’s exemption into a win and a Web.com Tour membership. The 27-year-old found the winner’s circle again at last month’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, becoming the first repeat winner of the 2018 season.
“It’s an honor,” the Palo Alto resident commented. “As the local Web.com Tour player this week, to be paired with (Curry) in the tournament. I just hope I don’t make too many bogeys playing with my favorite athlete in front of what is sure to be a huge crowd.
After gaining prominence for leading the field in driving distance as an amateur at the 2017 U.S. Open, Champ chose to forgo his senior season at Texas A&M, turning his sights to the 2017 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament instead. After finishing T16 and earning status for the 2018 season, Champ was able to pick up his first professional victory at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank, posting a 24-under 260 to set a new 72-hole tournament record.
“I’m excited to meet and play with Stephen this week,” Champ said Monday. “I’ve always been a huge basketball guy, so I have a ton of respect for what he does on the court. Stephen is a great example of golf’s reach, and I think anytime we can showcase cool people that play the game, it can only help to grow the sport."