Stephen Curry validated his golf skills by rallying to finish fourth in the American Century Championship celebrity tournament near Lake Tahoe on Sunday.
Curry not only played basketball in high school, but was on his school’s golf team. He is a passionate golfer. He was reported to be a two handicap, but the NBC Sports Network reported Saturday that he is currently a +.6.
Top instructor Hank Haney gave Curry a lesson last year and said he was a very good golfer, “much better than a two handicap”, Haney said.
Curry is set to play in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Aug. 3-6.
After his first round of 79, golf fans took to social media to say that Curry was a long way from being competitive on the Web.com tour.
Curry rebounded Saturday with a 73 and then had the low round of the tournament with a 68 in the final round, making eagle on the 18th hole. He finished in fourth place for the tournament.
“This is no exaggeration: This is the best complete round of my life,” Curry said. “I think I am one off from my best score, but considering the environment, how terrible I played earlier in the week, and to finish like this was the definitely the best round of my life. To finish like that on 18 was really, really fun. I’m going to be bragging about that for a long time.”
Former A’s pitcher Mark Mulder won his record third straight title, scoring an 11-point victory over fellow former pitcher Derek Lowe and former tennis player Mardy Fish in the modified Stableford event at Edgewood Tahoe. Players got 6 points for eagle, 3 for birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or higher.
Watch Curry’s eagle on 18 Sunday.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) July 16, 2017
Curry’s father, Dell Curry — a former NBA player and sharpshooter in his own right — lost a bet with his son, and was forced to pay up by jumping into Lake Tahoe.
Steph and Dell had a father-son bet.
The loser had to jump into Lake Tahoe.
— NBCS Warriors News (@NBCSWarriors) July 16, 2017