NBA champion Stephen Curry 3,000-1 shot ahead of professional golf debut

Golden State Warriors point guard tees up at the Ellie Mae Classic, but is not expected to enjoy the same success he has on the basketball court

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 August, 2017, 10:54am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 August, 2017, 11:11am

Two-time NBA champion Stephen Curry has a relatively modest goal when the Golden State Warriors point guard tees up at the Ellie Mae Classic on Thursday – to make the cut.

The two-time NBA most valuable player will be playing alongside defending champion Stephan Jaeger, who fired the first 58 recorded in a US professional tournament when he went 12-under in the first-round last year.

Curry was invited by organisers to play the event in June during the Warriors’ triumphant NBA Finals run over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“It’s my one week to try it. Because I don’t know if I’ll ever do this again,” Curry said after a practice round at Stonebrae Golf Club in Northern California. “I want to make the cut, of course.”

The cut during last year’s Ellie Mae Classic, which is part of the Tour that is the talent pipeline to the PGA Tour, was three under par.

“I’ll have to play probably the best two rounds of golf of my life,” he said. “Why not take advantage of the opportunity I’ve got right now?”

Known for his long-range shooting touch on the court, the talented amateur golfer admitted he was nowhere near matching the distance of the professionals he’ll be facing.

“Most of the courses I play, I’m not playing their yardages and I don’t hit as many drivers off the tee,” he said. “So I just have to get comfortable with hitting the driver a lot more.”