In a true show of just how fast times are changing, Steph Curry, the NBA’s reigning MVP and brightest young superstar, teed off a round at Augusta National last week with teammate Andre Iguodala.
Twenty-five years ago, Curry playing Augusta would have been the biggest news in the world, as the club only began accepting African-American members in 1990. Curry and Iguodala’s Golden State Warriors team is coached by Steve Kerr, who is friends with an Augusta member and made the phone call to get the two avid golfers on the course.
Kerr had made the promise to the two players that he would make the call if they won the NBA title last year.
“One of my best friends is a member at Augusta and he’s taken me there a couple times,” Kerr said. “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.”
The pair of players, along with Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob and team executive Jerry West, so famous as a player that his silhouette is the basis of the NBA logo, played the course at the Masters after a game with the Atlanta Hawks.
Curry’s father Dell, himself a former NBA player, also was able to play.
No word of scores, but Steph Curry, a 2-handicap, is known to have made a 10-foot birdie putt on his first hole.
“I’d never been there before, so it was a real treat,” Curry said Wednesday in Miami, after Golden State’s shootaround practice to prepare for facing the Heat. “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.”