The buzz on Wednesday morning at Silverado was centered around two amateurs participating in the Frys.com Open pro-am. The crowds came out in droves not to see Rory McIlroy or Justin Rose per se, but rather to catch a glimpse of Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors.
Curry and Iguodala played in an exhibition game in Oakland on Tuesday night, got a few hours of shuteye before trekking to Napa for their early tee time with PGA Tour pro Justin Thomas. Following 18 holes, they planned to get back in time for Wednesday night’s open practice session. Sounds like a busy 24 hours, but you won’t hear the basketball players complaining.
“I wouldn’t call it tough because any time you get to play golf, you somehow miraculously get energy,” said Curry, who is a scratch golfer. “We have to obviously recharge before tonight. We’ve got practice, and we’re still obviously focused right now on let’s get ready for the season, but this is a nice little breath of fresh air to come out and play and have some fun.”
Iguodala is a less seasoned golfer and only took up the game more seriously in the past year.
“I hung in there,” he said. “Most importantly, had fun.”
He was a nervous wreck on the first tee, though. Which was apparent when he shanked his opening drive.
“First time I played in front of the crowd and that showed on my initial tee shot,” said Iguodala. “Recovered from that.”
He still has a long ways to go before he can compete with Curry on the links.
“I’m tired of giving (Curry) compliments while we’re playing golf,” said Iguodala. “I guess he just has it. I don’t know what it is, but I’m trying to figure out a way to give it to my son.”
Curry, who estimates he plays three or four times a week around this time of the year, was reminded on Wednesday that even though he’s a really good amateur golfer, his game isn’t anywhere near the pro level.
“You always like to see what the pros do and what their ball flight is and measure your game to theirs,” said Curry. “I had maybe two drives that may have reached his, but other than that, there was no comparison. Those guys are unbelievable talent, the way that they can just stay so consistent over the course of an entire year and not have too many missed shots. Their window of misses is a lot smaller than ours.”
But the biggest difference?
“I spray it 40 yards right, 40 yards left when I miss,” said Curry. “Their miss is, ‘Oh, I hit the green, but I wasn’t inside six feet.’ It’s all about your expectations.”