Curry likely to host PGA Tour event in Bay Area in 2019

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - SPORTS -

PGA Tour and Oc­tagon of­fi­cials are plan­ning to hold a new tour event in the Bay Area in Septem­ber 2019, with War­riors guard Stephen Curry as tour­na­ment host, a source told The Chron­i­cle on Thurs­day.

Oc­tagon, the sports man­age­ment com­pany, will run the tour­na­ment. The venue has not yet been de­ter­mined, as Oc­tagon of­fi­cials seek cor­po­rate part­ners and a host course. Curry’s agent, Jeff Austin, works for Oc­tagon.

The tour­na­ment will be part of the PGA Tour’s fall sched­ule, af­ter the FedEx Cup play­offs con­clude.

This ad­di­tion comes as the tour pre­pares to re­shape its sched­ule. The new lineup will de­but with the 2018-19 sea­son, as the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship moves to March, the PGA Cham­pi­onship moves to May and the tour’s play­off events wrap up be­fore La­bor Day, to avoid con­flicts with foot­ball.

Still, the tour again will launch its “wrap­around” sea­son with fall events dur­ing foot­ball sea­son. That sched­ule has started in early Oc­to­ber in re­cent years, with the Safe­way Open at Sil­ver­ado Re­sort in Napa. It was not im­me­di­ately clear how the new Bay Area event, part of the 2019-20 sea­son, will im­pact the tour­na­ment at Sil­ver­ado.

Also un­cer­tain is whether Curry plays in the new event.

Curry, an avid golfer, played in a Web.com Tour event, the El­lie Mae Clas­sic, in Au­gust at TPC Stone­brae in Hay­ward. Curry, who landed a spot in the field on a spon­sor ex­emp­tion, shot 74-74 and missed the cut — but brought an avalanche of at­ten­tion to a tour­na­ment that typ­i­cally sails be­low the radar. — Ron Kroichick PGA: Marc Leish­man shot a 10-un­der-par 61 to take the first-round lead in the By­ron Nelson. Jor­dan Spi­eth was eight shots back in his home­town event, which re­turned to Dal­las af­ter 35 years at the TPC Four Sea­sons in sub­ur­ban Irv­ing.

Leish­man, who had one of the best scor­ing av­er­ages in tour­na­ment his­tory at the pre­vi­ous course, opened with an ea­gle, started the back nine with three birdies and reached 9 un­der with an ea­gle at the 14th. LPGA: An­nie Park turned a blis­ter­ing stretch on the back nine into a mis­take-free 6-un­der 65 and a share of the first-round lead on a crowded leader­board at the Kingsmill Cham­pi­onship in Wil­liams­burg, Va. Jes­sica Korda, Aza­hara Muñoz, In Gee Chun and Jaye Marie Green also shot 65.

Nasa Hataoka and 2016 win­ner Ariya Ju­tanu­garn were one back. Hataoka’s bo­gey-free round in­cluded an ace at the par-3 17th, her first as a pro. PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons: Miguel An­gel Jimenez shot an 8-un­der 64 to take a two-shot lead over four play­ers af­ter the first round in the Re­gions Tra­di­tion in Birm­ing­ham, Ala. Euro­pean Tour: Thomas Detry shot a 4-un­der 67 and was part of a seven-way tie for the lead af­ter the first day of the Bel­gian Knock­out in An­twerp.

Michael Ma­cor / The Chron­i­cle 2017

Stephen Curry played in a Web.com Tour event in Hay­ward last year.

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