Report: PGA Tour Event Hosted by Stephen Curry Cancelled over Sponsor Issues

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJanuary 8, 2019

Golden State Warriors NBA basketball player Stephen Curry follows his drive from the 17th tee during the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Hayward, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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The PGA Tour was looking to hold an event hosted by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, California, but Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Tuesday that idea will be tabled. 

Kroichick provided the details why: "Negotiations with potential title sponsor Workday, the finance and human resources software company based in Pleasanton, [California] unexpectedly fell apart. Tour officials don’t have time to find another title sponsor, especially given the course changes Lake Merced would need to make in the next eight months."

An avid golfer, Curry has participated in the Ellie Mae Classic on the Web.com Tour in each of the past two years. He missed both cuts.

Curry isn't the only athlete (or ex-athlete) to try their hand at professional golf. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo gave Q School a shot, and ex-Atlanta Braves starting pitcher John Smoltz qualified for the United States Senior Open.

Curry even hinted at releasing some golf gear on the Winging It Podcast (h/t Sean Zak of golf.com) on December 10.

As far as hosting a tournament goes, however, all is not lost just yet.

Per Kroichick, Curry could do so in 2021 but at Harding Park, which is located in San Francisco. The course is off-limits in 2019 and 2020 because of a deal the city of San Francisco and the PGA of America struck in advance of Harding Park hosting the 2020 PGA Championship.

We'll see if traction can be made on a Curry-hosted PGA Tour event, but for now, the 30-year-old acts as the floor general for a Warriors team that has won back-to-back championships and sits just one game behind the Denver Nuggets for first in the Western Conference. 

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