Stephen Curry Reportedly Will Golf in 2017 Ellie Mae Classic After Exemption

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2017

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry follows his shot from the 14th fairway of the Silverado Resort North Course during the pro-am event of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will golf in the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic in August after receiving a sponsor exemption.

According to Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle, the event will take place from Aug. 3 through Aug. 6 at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, California.

Per Kroichick, Curry commented on the exemption in a video that the Warriors are set to release:

"When I found out I was getting a sponsor exemption, I had a lot of emotions because I love to play golf; it's a passion of mine. But to be able to play against the next and best golf professionals will be a huge honor 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."

Curry's involvement is in conjunction with the Ellie Mae Classic's helping to raise money for the Warriors Community Foundation.

The two-time NBA MVP holds a 2.0 handicap, and he has experience playing in PGA Tour pro-am events in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to Kroichick.

Curry's strong golf game is well-documented, and he discussed the possibility of going pro after his NBA career on Golf Channel's Feherty (h/t Joel Beall of Golf Digest) in May:

"I've thought about it. I'm very sensitive to the experience of the PGA Tour guys out there who have dedicated their life to what they do, just like I have with basketball. I don't think I could, obviously, just jump out there; It'd be a lot of work that would go into it."

The 29-year-old still has a lengthy NBA career ahead of him, but he will get his first taste of upper-level competition in August.

The Web.com Tour is one step below the PGA Tour, and it features golfers who are battling on a weekly basis to reach golf's upper echelon. 

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