Steph Curry is a man of many talents.
Not only is the two-time NBA MVP and two-time NBA champion arguably the best shooter in league history, but he is also a phenomenal golfer.
In fact, Steph and his father Dell, who is a former NBA player, both played in the 2017 American Century Championship, alongside a slew of other athletes and celebrities.
Former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder won the event for the third-straight year and he was followed by tennis player Mardy Fish and former MLB pitcher Derek Lowe. The Golden State Warriors point guard finished alone in fourth place with a final round score of 68, the best single-round score that any player had in the entire tournament.
It’s worth noting that it was a modified Stableford event, meaning that players earned six points for an eagle, three for a birdie, one for a par, zero for a bogey and minus-two for a double-bogey or worse. Given the fact that no golf pros were in the field, that type of scoring was likely utilized to ensure that if a hole got out of hand, a player’s chances at contending wouldn’t be completely ruined.
In the final round, Curry shot a real-life score of 68. Transferring the clutch gene from his basketball career, Curry eagled the par-5 18th hole, finishing the tournament in style.
"This is no exaggeration: This is the best complete round of my life," Curry said after the ball found the bottom of the cup. "I think I am one off from my best score, but considering the environment, how terrible I played earlier in the week and to finish like this was the definitely the best round of my life. To finish like that on 18 was really, really fun. I'm going to be bragging about that for a long time.”
But, perhaps the sweetest part of Steph’s victory was beating his father Dell, who finished in 43rd place with a final round score of 88. Check out what the elder Curry had to do in order to pay off a friendly bet with his son:
In the first round, both father and son shot a 79, but Steph created separation with a second round 73, compared to Dell’s 79. The final round between the pair wasn’t even close, as noted above.
This wasn’t the first time that Steph got the best of his dad during the tournament, either. When running a route for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Friday, Dell didn’t stand a chance:
Recognized for his impressive golf game, Steph is famously set to play in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stoneware on August 3-6. Against talented golfers who aspire to make it to the PGA Tour, it will be fascinating to see how Curry stacks up against the higher competition.
"It is going to be a totally different environment," Curry said. "But hopefully I play like I did today, and everything will be all right.”