All-Star guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors will play in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward on a sponsor exemption, tournament officials announced.
Curry will maintain his amateur status as a golfer while playing in the tournament on Aug. 3-6.
“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, who recently helped the Warriors claim the NBA Championship for the second time in three seasons.
“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. … I’m going to try and keep it in the fairway and play well.”
The 29-year-old Curry, who won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award following the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, reportedly is close to being a scratch golfer and in 2015 had a handicap of 0.2.
Curry played on the golf and basketball teams in high school.
“We are elated to have Stephen Curry compete in this year’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae,” Tournament Director Trish Gregovich said. “Our longstanding goal has been to create a meaningful community impact through this event, and allowing a true pillar of the Bay Area community and a genuine sports superstar inside the ropes to compete alongside future PGA Tour stars helps to elevate that effort.”
Stephan Jaeger of Germany posted a Web.com Tour record 12-under-par 58 at TPC Stonebrae in the opening round of the Ellie Mae Classic last year en route to a record 30-under-par 250 total and a seven-stroke victory.