Stephen Curry calls playing Augusta National ‘a real treat’
With the Golden State Warriors paying their annual visit to Atlanta this week to play the Hawks, head coach Steve Kerr finally made good on a promise made last year to Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala that entailed arranging a tee time for the two at the nearby Augusta National Golf Club.
Curry and Iguodala, both big-time golfers — along with team executive Jerry West and Warriors owner Joe Lacob — stayed behind after Monday’s game against the Hawks while the rest of the team flew to Miami. The group was also joined by Dell, Curry’s former NBA-playing father, who introduced the game to his son when the Warriors sharpshooter was only eight or nine years old.
Curry, who plays to about a 2 handicap, discussed the amazing experience of playing on the hallowed course where the Masters is played on Wednesday after Golden State’s team shootaround. But he wasn’t about to reveal his score.
“I’d never been there before, so it was a real treat,” he said, via ESPN. “I’m not going to tell you what I shot, but that was a bucket-list kind of day. I’m a golf fanatic, so to say I played at Augusta is pretty cool.”
While Curry wouldn’t say how he played overall, he did reveal that he of course hit a “3” on the first hole. After that? It sounds like it was a struggle.
“You birdie the first hole, it can only go downhill from there,” he said. “That’s exactly what happened.”
Curry and the rest of the Warriors crew got a one-in-a-lifetime chance to play Augusta National because one of Kerr’s best friends is a member who did him a favor.
“Steph and Andre are such avid golfers, so I told them — obviously, I asked my friend first, and he said `Yeah, let’s do it’ — that if we win the whole thing, you go to Augusta,” he said. “They had a great time.”