Not content with dominating just one sport, Steph Curry is taking his best swing at golf!
The two-time NBA MVP will tee off on Thursday at the Web.com Tour’s Ellis Mae Classic after being granted a sponsor’s exemption.
With a handicap of 2.2, Curry is a talented golfer by most standards. The 29-year-old is the best golfer in the NBA, according to Golf Digest, and was the no. 1 golfer on his high school team. He’s even managed to shoot 70 at Pebble Beach. The famed point guard finished fourth in last month’s American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, leaving the likes of Tony Romo, Charles Barkley, and even Ray Romano in his wake.
So he’s got a chance at the Ellis Mae Classic, right?
Not so fast. Against the pros, it’ll be an amazing feat just to make the cut. According to the Golf Channel’s Justin Ray, of the 23 non-golfer athletes who have played in Web.com events, none have ever made the cut. Curry would be making history.
At the end of the day, it’s all in good fun. So kick back and get ready to be mildly impressed by Curry’s golfing prowess. In the meantime, here are some props to consider.
If you think Steph has a decent chance of winning, then I’ve got some magic beans I’d like to sell you. However, at 2000/1, why not have some fun with this one and throw a couple of bucks away. If the unthinkable happens, you’ll be rich!
And hey, what’s a half-court three but the basketball version of a hole-in-one?
This one’s a little more realistic but still a bit of a reach. Can Curry do what no other non-golfer entrant has done before on the tour? A few flashes of brilliance won’t be enough. He’ll need to play consistently to stay in the top half.
TPC Stonebrae is not an easy course, and few hiccups could land Curry in a world of trouble. It would be a little embarrassing for the former high-school standout to fire double-digits on one hole, but it’s more likely than him making the cut.
We know he can sink threes on the court, but can he do the same on the fairway?
Stonebrae has five par 3s. If Curry doesn’t par at least one of them in the first two rounds, he’ll be sorely disappointed. To hit the under, he’ll have to birdie a par 3, though.
Four of the five par 3s (nos. 7, 11, 13, and 15) all played under par during the 2016 Ellie Mae Classic. If Curry can shoot a 70 at Pebble Beach, then he has a pretty decent chance of making this one happen.
Having played at least 19 rounds of golf since becoming President, Donald Trump has become somewhat of an expert on all things relating to golf. With the White House running like a well-oiled machine, perhaps the President will take some hard-earned time off and comment on Curry’s performance.
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