Curry's Competitive Drive

An Examination of Stephen Curry's Serious Passion for Golf

Stephen Curry is hungry. He has put in a lot of work this summer and is ready to bounce back from last year’s defeat to take home the title. Only this time, he’ll trade in his basketball kicks for a pair of golf spikes as he gets set to compete in this week’s American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe.

Yes, Curry is back. After leading right up until the final day of the celebrity golf tournament last year, he wound up finishing fourth. Curry will be competing alongside 90 of the most prominent sports and entertainment stars on South Shore again this year. The three-day competition begins on Friday and will be televised by NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network and Golf Channel (Click here for full tournament info).

While retired LPGA star Annika Sorenstam figures to be at the top of the leaderboard all weekend, don’t count out Curry. The Harrah’s/Harveys Lake Tahoe Race & Sports Book lists Curry at 10-1 odds to win the tournament. And after losing the lead on the final day of the competition last year, you have to think that he is returning to Lake Tahoe with more drive, both figuratively and literally, than ever before.

Steph's passion for the game grew after he was introduced to it at a young age by his father, former NBA standout Dell Curry, and continues to be a favorite hobby of his. Not just a leisurely pastime of the All-Star, Curry is a downright golf nerd. He played for his high school team for three years, his best round is a 66, and his DVR records a fair share of programming on the Golf Channel.

While he might find some time for an occasional round during the NBA season, Curry hits the links on a regular basis in the summer. In addition to his past participation in the American Century Championship, he has hosted the Curry Celebrity Classic for the past four years in his native North Carolina, as well as the Stephen Curry ThanksUSA Annual Golf Tournament that will have its fourth installment this September in San Francisco. In fact, he even travelled to Scotland for a golfing trip for his dad’s 50th birthday this past June.

Curry’s golf game is indeed legit, but if he’s to come away with a victory this weekend in Lake Tahoe, he’d be best served to do what he rarely does on the hardwood and avoid the SPLASH.

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