You’ve probably heard by now: Steph Curry, technically, is going to be a professional golfer
The Golden State Warriors sharpshooting point guard and two-time NBA MVP will tee it up this week at the Ellie Mae Classic, the Web.com Tour’s annual stop at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, California.
Simply put, Curry isn’t expected to do well. Sporting a 2 handicap, he’s pegged as a 2500-to-1 longshot to win and a 9-to-1 longshot to make the cut. Even he admits he needs to be near perfect to play the weekend:
But to make things even more interesting, Curry is grouped with two of the best players in the field. He’ll play with Sam Ryder and Stephan Jaeger, who have combined for three wins this year and rank second and third, respectively, on the Web.com Tour money list.
Curry, Ryder and Jaeger will tee off at 8:55 a.m. local time on Thursday and 2:15 p.m. on Friday. You can find the complete list of tee times and groupings here.
Playing with such a talented group could mean Curry looks even worse via comparison, but his playing partners could also stand to offer some helpful advice. Jaeger, in particular, knows as well as anyone how to conquer TPC Stonebrae. The 28-year-old German fired a ridiculous first-round 58 last year en route to an absurd seven-stroke victory in which he set the tournament record with a score of 30-under.
Simply being next to Jaeger and watching how he approaches certain shots could help Curry. Of course, though, watching a fellow player only goes so far. Curry will eventually have to take the shots himself, and in that regard, the NBA star faces an uphill battle:
No matter how he fares, though, this is ultimately a good way for the Web.com Tour to get more eyes on this event.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to play with the pros in the upcoming Ellie Mae Classic, not only to be able to compete against some of the best golfers in the world, but to also help bring light to the tournament’s charitable footprint of giving back to the Warriors Community Foundation,” said Curry. “Golf has always been a passion of mine and it’s a dream come true to get the chance to play inside the ropes amongst the pros in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned tournament.”