Two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry signs on for 2016 American Century Championship, joins father Dell | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry signs on for 2016 American Century Championship, joins father Dell

Stephen Curry celebrates a par on No. 4 during the 2013 American Century Championship on Saturday. Curry has signed on to play the 2016 tournament, held July 22-24 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
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STATELINE — Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry will join superstar athletes and entertainers at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament July 19-24 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The announcement came Saturday, July 9, with the 27th annual tournament less than two weeks away.

Well known as an accomplished golfer, Curry finished fourth in the 2013 ACC and was immediately installed as one of the favorites to win this year — listed at 5-1 odds by the Harrah’s and Harveys Race and Sports Book. Curry’s father, Dell, who enjoyed a 16-year NBA career, is also in the field along with Curry’s Golden State Warriors teammate Andre Iguodala.

The tournament is Friday through Sunday, July 22-24, at Edgewood Tahoe. The broadcast schedule features eight hours of live coverage set for NBCSN on Friday and NBC Sports Saturday and Sunday.

An outstanding high school golfer in North Carolina, Curry made his celebrity golf debut in 2010 following his rookie season in the NBA and finished tied for 28th behind Michael Jordan (22nd), Marshall Faulk (18th) and Mark Rypien (sixth). In 2013, Curry returned to Lake Tahoe and had the lead 11 holes into the last round before finishing fourth — just three points behind winner Billy Joe Tolliver.

Curry will make the 200-mile journey from the Bay Area to Lake Tahoe just five weeks after the Warriors’ appearance in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their attempt to repeat as NBA Champions. The Warriors have already made a splash in the offseason by signing coveted free agent Kevin Durant, which makes them again a favorite to contend for the title.

Curry joins a prominent lineup of more than 90 celebrities, including entertainment superstar Justin Timberlake, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, actor/comedian Ray Romano, NFL quarterbacks Carson Palmer, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Alex Smith, and Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Marcus Allen. The 27th annual tournament features $600,000 in prize money and has raised over $4.2 million for charity.

For ticket information, the latest details, photos, celebrity tweets, and fan contests visit @ACChampionship on Twitter and Instagram and facebook.com/LTCelebrityGolf. For tournament information, visit http://www.americancenturychampionship.com.


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