Golf: Curry set to test his skills in pro golf event

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (centre) holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy during the Championship Parade in Oakland.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (centre) holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy during the Championship Parade in Oakland. PHOTO: EPA

NEW YORK • Two-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry will get to see how he stacks up against professional golfers after receiving a sponsor exemption into the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic.

The Golden State Warriors guard, who two weeks ago won his second NBA title in three years, is an avid golfer and will add plenty of publicity to the Aug 3-6 event in Hayward, California.

The Web.com Tour is one rung below the PGA Tour.

"Golf has always been a passion of mine and it's a dream come true to get the chance to play inside the ropes among the pros in a PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament," Curry said.

The 29-year-old, the Warriors' all-time leader in three-pointers made, is sure to be a fan favourite at TPC Stonebrae, which is only a short drive from Golden State's home arena in Oakland.

"When I found out I was getting a sponsor exemption, I had a lot of emotions because I love to play golf," added Curry, who once boasted a 0.6 handicap (now up to 2.2). "But to be able to play against the next and best golf professionals will be a huge honour and huge treat.

"I'm looking forward to hopefully not embarrassing myself, but mostly having a lot of fun and hopefully raising a lot of money for the foundation... I'm going to try to keep it in the fairway."

Not everyone was thrilled by the inclusion of Curry, as several professional golfers took to Twitter to voice their disapproval. Lee McCoy, who won the Freedom 55 Financial Open on the PGA Tour Canada this month, wrote: "So many great players could use that chance. Sad."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2017, with the headline 'Curry set to test his skills in pro golf event'. Print Edition | Subscribe