Two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry played in last week’s Web.com Tour event – the Ellie Mae Classic in Hayward, Calif. What you may not have known: who was on the bag for the Golden State Warriors guard in his debut. That would be Jonnie West, son of NBA legend Jerry West, and Curry’s golf partner while on the road during the NBA season. So let’s just say he knows Curry’s golf game pretty well.
“I had a bet with somebody at the club and I thought he was going to shoot 77-71, so I had his scoring average right, just not the actual round,” said West, who played four years of college basketball at West Virginia University. “I’ve played enough golf with him to know what he’s capable of and especially when he’s put under pressure on the golf course … but once he got his initial nerves out of the way I think his competitiveness took over and helped him the way he did in that situation.”
West went on to talk about his time caddying at TPC Stonebrae in a professional event and mentioning a story about Curry asking how to hit a chunk-and-run bunker shot – and executing it perfectly.
The 29-year-old also talked about his position as director of player programs for the Warriors, the course that’s on his bucket list and his dream foursome.
Sean Fairholm and I also discuss the upcoming schedule in the world of golf, and make picks for this week’s PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.
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