PGA golfer Jordan Spieth won both the Masters and U.S. Open last year and by mid-afternoon on Sunday he seemed well on his way toward winning the Masters again last week.
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His friend Stephen Curry also appears to be on the same career arc, winning the NBA’s MVP last season on his way toward a title prior to dominating the NBA in a defending turn in 2015-16: Curry could be the league’s first unanimously-voted MVP, his team is the clear title favorite, and his Golden State Warriors are one win away from setting the NBA record for wins in a season following Sunday’s conquest over the San Antonio Spurs.
Prior to that contest, though, Curry had to take in a bit of bad news about his good buddy. While shooting around before the game, teammate Andre Iguodala informed Stephen that Spieth had just quadruple bogeyed the Masters on hole 12, just about knocking the three-day leader out of contention for a repeat Masters win. Curry responded as most would, after seven strokes on a par three:
If you think Curry shouldn’t be overly concerned with another sporting match in the minutes leading up to his biggest game of the year, understand that he’s merely emulating another legend whose record he’s trying to break.
Michael Jordan spent most of the afternoon of June 16, 1996 at Chicago’s United Center locker room staring intently at televised coverage of the final round of the PGA’s US Open. His golfing buddy and fellow North Carolina Tar Heel Davis Love III was locked in a tight battle with Steve Jones and Tom Lehman that would ultimately end in Love tying for second as Jones won the Open.
A few hours later Jordan would go on to lead the Chicago Bulls – a team that won 72 regular season games that year – to its fourth NBA title in a deciding game over a Seattle SuperSonics team that won 64 games in 1995-96.
On Sunday, following Spieth’s unfortunate afternoon, Curry would score ten fourth quarter points in just under six minutes of action, as his Warriors took down the 65-win San Antonio Spurs, ending San Antonio’s chances at a perfect home record while tying Jordan’s Bulls for 72 games in a season with one left to play.
This is getting creepy.
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