Steph Curry comes to Tahoe to achieve final sports goal

Steph Curry slam dunks at the party 17th hole during the 2018 American Century Championship.
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The year 2022 could be the greatest in the storybook life of Stephen Curry. He won his first NBA finals Most Valuable Player award as he led the Golden State Warriors to the league championship for the fourth time. During the season, he broke the NBA’s all-time record for most three-point baskets. And he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College, which will retire his jersey number, 30, in a dual ceremony.

What more could Curry possibly achieve? Oh, there’s that thing up at Lake Tahoe.

Curry’s participation in Tahoe’s celebrity golf tournament, American Century Championship, was announced today. Curry’s father, Dell, and brother, Seth, also will play the July 6-10 NBC-televised event at Tahoe Edgewood Golf Course in Stateline.

A two-time NBA MVP, Curry’s penchant for hot shooting streaks on the hardwood can crossover onto grass. He made a serious run, sinking putts down the stretch in the 2017 Tahoe tournament before finishing in fourth, where he has landed three times. He was in the second leaders’ group on the final day in 2021 when he went cold, shooting three double bogeys. But competitor that he is, Curry made an eagle on 18 to finish ninth. 2022 will mark Curry’s 10th ACC appearance. Caesars Sportsbook lists Curry among the top eight favorites with his odds at 12-1.

Curry is one of the major draws of the tournament, along with Justin Timberlake, Aaron Rogers, Charles Barkley, Michael Strahan and Tony Romo. A record attendance 60,530 was set in 2019. Fans were not permitted to attend 2020’s tourney during the start of the Covid pandemic. Last year, fans attended, but they could not get autographs.

Top contenders this year include defending champion Vinny Del Negro, 2020 winner Mardy Fish, three-time winner Mark Mulder, John Smoltz, Romo and Annika Sorenstam, who won 72 times on the LPGA Tour.

Jim McMahon and Jack Wagner, who have played in each of the previous 32 tournaments, are scheduled to return this year.

On Friday, July 8, after the first of three rounds, an EDM duo, The Chainsmokers, will perform across the street from the course at Harveys Outdoor Arena.

-Tim Parsons

Stephen Curry shots through the years
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Steph Curry balls his fists and measures world middleweight champion Canelo. A moment later, Curry wisely used his famous step back move.
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Steph Curry is surprised after a fan went under the ropes and outran security personnel on the 17th Tee.
Steph Curry is a top draw at the American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe.
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Jamari McMahan, 6, makes a fast break from the gallery following Steph Curry.
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“There he is.” Young fans watch Steph Curry from behind the rope line.
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Pen-wielding people pile over each other trying to get Curry’s autograph.
Steph Curry stretches out his right knee on the 16th fairway at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
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During the attendance-record-setting 2019 tourney, the largest gallery on opening day was for Curry, Tony Romo and Justin Timberlake.
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Curry chips onto the signature 17th green. Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage
Timberlake and Curry have a fan shoot some hoops.
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Steph Curry drives.
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Success! Steph Curry signs an autograph during a delay in the action.
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With Steph Curry, Tony Romo and Justin Timberlake in the field, the ACC broke its attendance record.
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Stop the press: He missed! Steph Curry doesn’t get quite enough altitude at Lake Tahoe to throw it down.

ABOUT Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons
Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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