HAYWARD – For all the excitement and intrigue surrounding Stephen Curry playing in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic on a sponsor’s exemption, there may remain a small gaggle of golf grumps who’ll brand it as an unfortunate charade.
The primary argument against the Warriors star’s inclusion in the 156-player professional field, which tees off in Thursday’s first round at TPC Stonebrae, is that he’s taking up a spot of an aspiring pro who might be living out of the back of his van just waiting for such an opportunity to vault into prominence.
But if there are Curry detractors in the Ellie Mae field, they aren’t making themselves known so far. On the contrary, there are far more players who are thankful for spotlight Curry’s entry is shining on the event, and many are curious to see how he performs.
No question about it, Curry is a multi-millionaire celebrity athlete who loves golf, wants to measure his scratch amateur game against pros, and is essentially playing in the event for the thrill and fun of it. He admitted during his practice round that he may never get this chance again, and is humbly thankful for the invite.
But rather than debase Curry taking up a spot in the field, Web.com players seem to be embracing his presence. More than a few copped autographs Monday and Tuesday on the driving range and around the clubhouse and expressed their best wishes. It’s a good bet if there was a poll taken among the field whether this is a justifiable experiment, it’d be a landslide yes.
“I think it’s great for the sport for people like Steph to play in an event like this,” said Taylor Moore, a 24-year-old out of the University of…
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