When Lydia Ko hung out with NBA basketball stars (and golf junkies) Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala – crashing a Golden State Warriors shoot-around while she was in the Bay Area promoting next month’s Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club – two things became clear about the 5-foot-5 New Zealander:

She isn’t much of a baller [see video below of Ko attempting a free throw], and she’s very comfortable in her own skin. In a made-for-social-media moment, the top-ranked female golfer in the world interacted naturally with Curry and Iguodala as they engaged in a variety of pseudo-golf competitions on the Warriors’ practice court.


Although not even 19, Ko showed confidence and showmanship in the pitch-perfect trash-talking she offered Curry via Twitter: “I’ll give you a couple shots a side when we tee it up.” Curry’s self-deprecating response: “I don’t want that beatdown.”

If the Ko-Curry chemistry had been an awkward air-ball, the LPGA would have looked as if it had overreached in an attempt to garner attention. But with Ko showing that it’s not just on the course where she’s got some game, the face of women’s golf held her own with the face of the NBA, and arguably the most popular athlete in sports today.