The Curry Debate
A mini-controversy erupted in the golf world last week after Steph Curry announced that he will be competing alongside Web.com Tour professionals at the Ellie Mae Classic this August. The former NBA MVP, who plays to an impressive 2.2 handicap, accepted a sponsorship exemption extended to him by tournament sponsors in an attempt to promote the tournament. Many PGA and Web.com Tour professionals have been on board with Curry teeing off in the event and have sent the two-time NBA Champion messages on social media, wishing him good luck.
Other pros have not taken so kindly to the idea of a professional basketball player taking a spot away from one of their more ‘deserving’ colleagues.
Some were even downright rude to the best shooter in NBA history in their comments about him on Twitter. Just look at this post from Taylor Gooch, the 506th ranked player in the world, who encouraged his followers to yell during Curry’s backswing throughout the event.
In Curry’s defense, however, it really doesn’t matter whether he actually deserved a spot in the upcoming tournament. Curry’s presence at the event, alone, is enough to draw some major excitement and sell a significant amount of tickets for a second-tiered Web.com tournament that we would otherwise never be talking about. Furthermore, Curry is legitimately a good golfer and possesses incredible touch. Aren’t you at least curious to see how that translates to the golf course in a pressure-filled environment?
This has not been Michael Buttacavoli’s month. In early June, the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica golfer flew to Miami from Peru to try to qualify for the US Open only to find that American Airlines had misplaced his clubs. The airline eventually found the 29-year-old’s clubs, but not in time for the event, forcing Buttacavoli to withdraw from the qualifier and put his dream of playing in a major on hold. We hadn’t heard much from Buttacavoli since that ordeal until last week when the Miami Beach native called out yet another airline for losing his sticks. Once again, Buttacavoli had flown nearly across the world — this time to London — to try to qualify for a major — The Open Championship — and once again an airline misplaced his clubs!
Fortunately, Buttacavoli announced shortly afterwards that his clubs had, after all, made it to Heathrow Airport and had only been temporarily misplaced by the airline’s baggage carriers. Buttacavoli also admitted that he did have a contingency plan just in case his clubs did not arrive on time.
Jordan Spieth’s bunker hole-out during the playoff at the Travelers Championship was so spectacular that it inspired many amateurs to spend a little extra time fine-tuning their bunker games this week. It also inspired these two adorable brothers to re-enact the moment in their backyard with a couple of Fisher Price clubs.
Shot of the Week
After watching all 26 participants at the Albrate Shoot-Out fail to make a hole-in-one on Cumberwell Park’s signature par 3, John Morgan, a Sky Sports broadcaster and PGA Tour pro, decided to give it a try. And wouldn’t you know it, Morgan’s tee shot rolled right into the cup for an ace! Morgan was so excited that he jumped into the pond in front of the green and swam to the putting surface to retrieve his ball from the cup.
Golf Course Animal of the Week
This Swedish baby golf moose doesn’t care that this golfer’s ball happened to stay out of the fairway. The right rough is his territory and he will, clearly, defend it at all costs!
Video of the Week
After bogeying the 11th hole at the French Open on Thursday, European Tour golfer Li Haotong broke his putter and threw it away into a greenside pond in disgust. Haotong putted rather well with his sand wedge over the final seven holes. However, his mother, who was in the gallery for the event, must have been concerned that her son would be without a flat stick for the remainder of the tournament because she went wading into that pond to retrieve it during live play, much to the delight of tour pros Tyrell Hatton and Thomas Pieters.