Curry to Play Tour Stop

Warriors’ Stephen Curry to test golf game against pros in Tour’s Hayward stop | Ron Kroichick San Francisco Chronical

Curry will receive a sponsor exemption to play in this year’s Ellie Mae Classic, the Tour event in Hayward on Aug. 3-6. The Chronicle confirmed Curry’s participation Tuesday, in advance of Wednesday morning’s official announcement.
 This makes perfect sense for the tournament, held annually at TPC Stonebrae. Curry offers hard-to-match star power — two-time MVP, two-time NBA champion, wildly popular in the Bay Area — to an event accustomed to sailing below the radar.

Having Curry at the event does seem like a win-win situation. Anything that raises awareness for the tour as well as the charity they are supporting that week is a positive for everyone.

Critics are concerned that a regular tour player will not be able to compete that week due to Curry taking a slot in the field. While that's true, these sponsors exemptions aren't unusual. Non-tour regulars are often extended an invitation to play to help promote a tournament. This particular exemption feels more like a publicity stunt than most, but, ultimately professional golf is an entertainment. Curry's presence will bring a great deal of attention to a tour that could use some.


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