The Summer of Golf continued for Stephen Curry, this time teeing-off at the Safeway Open Pro-Am in Napa Valley. On September 25, Curry took to the greens on a four-person team that included golf legend Phil Mickelson, as well as amateurs Vivek Sankaran and Andy Walz.
This was Curry’s second tournament of the basketball offseason: he first competed in the three-day American Century Championship in mid-July against other celebrities including his father, Dell, former NFL Quarterback and event Champion Tony Romo, and former Dubs teammate Andre Iguodala. Though he finished tied for seventh, Stephen at least beat out Dell, thereby winning their annual bet.
Being the competitor he is, Curry found an opportunity to once again face some of the best golfers when they came to Northern California this week.
Curry and Mickelson (also known as “Lefty”) connected and announced their partnership via Twitter last week over a discussion on calf workouts. Yes… calf workouts.
Curry may have been taking tips from golf’s five-time major champion in Mickelson headed into the tournament, and perhaps too much so: Curry was able to imitate Mickelson’s putts to perfection, as well as hit a couple of patented Lefty “bombs” through the tournament.
That above shot on the tenth hole, in fact, went a full 370 yards off the drive on a par-5, which Curry then wrapped-up for an eagle. Even the former PGA Champion Mickelson was impressed.
But it would not be a Curry golf appearance without home hoops as well. And wouldn’t you know it, the six-time NBA All-Star would hit a deep bomb of a different kind:
Curry and Mickelson’s team finished at 13-under par, placing them in a tie for second, and just one stroke shy of sharing the win. Though falling short of the top spot at the event, Curry seemed to, as he consistently does, capture the crown for “having the most fun.”
For a more complete recap of the Safeway Pro-Am and some behind-the-scenes commentary from the athletes, check-out the video below.