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Splash Bros Outshot by Super Bowl Champs at ‘The Match’

Mahomes and Kelce Defeat Curry and Thompson in Celebrity Golf Event

On Thursday, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson competed in the eighth edition of ‘The Match,’ a celebrity golf event for professional athletes, facing reigning Super Bowl champions Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. The Splash Brothers have been teammates for 12 seasons, combined for 14 All-Star appearances and won four championships together. Mahomes and Kelce have been teammates for six seasons, combined for 13 Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls as a duo. Curry and Mahomes have played 'The Match' before, with Curry losing to Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley with Peyton Manning as his teammate and Mahomes losing to Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady with Josh Allen as his teammate.

These two duos played 12 holes of golf with a scramble format, meaning each player teed off with their own ball before selecting the better of the two to hit off. No matter how many strokes it takes, whichever team won the hole received a point. Between each duo, only the best players' score was used for scoring.

Curry and Thompson's first time playing golf on a two-man team was in 2014. The duo was playing basketball for Team USA and lost to two NBA Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins in a game at the Grand Canary Islands.

Thompson is a far less experienced golfer than his Splash Brother and his goal was to feed off of Curry like he does on the basketball court.

“I'm going to take the same formula we do on the court,” Thompson said. “Steph attracts all the attention, but I could sneak in there, put one on the pin playing best ball, so I'm just going to get in where I fit in and help Steph out as much as he needs me.”

The Splash Brothers struggled early but remained competitive down the stretch before ultimately falling short. They won one hole, tied five and lost four, leading to a three-point win for Mahomes and Kelce. On the final hole, the objective was to see which player could get closest to the pin, striking the ball from their tee shot on a par-3 hole and Stephen Curry came out on top.

Curry thinks he and Thompson have more golf in their future but plan to shift their focus to gearing up for another NBA season.