Long odds for Stephen Curry at the Ellie Mae Classic

Thanks to NBA superstar Stephen Curry, the Web.com Tour is ready for its close-up.

Curry’s inclusion as a sponsor’s exemption in this week’s Ellie Mae Classic has not come without controversy, as many golf fans and pundits have gone on record saying Curry and his +0.1 handicap shouldn’t take a spot in the field away from a professional. The argument is a sound one.

With a level of talent that wouldn’t win the Oakland City Championship, much less contend in a Web.com event, adding the Golden State Warriors point guard to the Hayward, California tournament is all about spectacle and drumming up excitement.

But if this remains a once a year thing, how bad is that? Curry’s inclusion has generated plenty of buzz for a tour that desperately needs it, and it will also shine the spotlight on some very good golfers, a spotlight that would otherwise not be there.

Bottom line, this is going to be fun. Even if it is unfair to a professional player that could have used his spot.

Prop bets are also fun, and there are plenty of ways to get in on the action as Curry tees it up at TPC Stonebrae. It’s tough to predict how well he will fare against a field of professionals at a tricky track like Stonebrae, but Curry is coming off a fourth place finish at the American Century Championship two weeks ago.

And even if that course may have been easier than the one he’ll encounter this week, not just anyone can hit approach shots like these.

Curry will draw similarities to former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, who competed in this event three times from 2010 to 2012. He avoided finishing at the bottom of the leaderboard just once, beating out a future winner on the PGA named Brendon Todd with an 83-76 in 2010.

So with this in mind, let’s take a look at few propositions that look like good bets this week.

How many birdies will Steph Curry card at the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic?
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Curry made 10 birdies in 54 holes last month at the ACC, and it seems likely that he can muster three of them in two rounds at Stonebrae. Even if he has a terrible first day, a more relaxed Friday setting should lend itself to some low numbers. Besides, this man is known for making 3’s on the basketball court. That should transfer a handful of times over to the links.

How many bogies or worse will Curry card (for the tournament)?
Over 8.5
Under 8.5

With a stretch of five straight bogies or worse in his first round of play on the shores of Lake Tahoe, it’s obvious Curry can lose control for brief periods of time. This course is going to be tougher, and with the addition of some early nerves that will surely be there, nine or more bogies seems like a safe bet.

Will Steph Curry make the cut at the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic?
Yes +900
No -2500

This is the lock of the week (and the year). Of the 23 professional athletes in other sports who have tried their hand at a Web.com event, a grand total of zero have made the cut. The field of players is simply too good as there will be plenty of guys with previous PGA experience out at Stonebrae this week. Unless Curry’s been sandbagging his handicap all these years, he just doesn’t have the game to play the weekend.

Here’s the full list of all offered Curry props:
Will Steph Curry make the cut at the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic?
Yes +900
No -2500

Steph Curry highest score in any round at the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic
Over 79.5
Under 79.5

Steph Curry lowest score in any round at the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic
Over 76.5
Under 76.5

Steph Curry highest score on any hole at the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic
Over 7
Under 7

Steph Curry lowest score on any hole at the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic
Over 3
Under 3

How many birdies will Steph Curry card at the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic?
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

How many bogies or worse will Steph Curry card at the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic?
Over 8.5
Under 8.5

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