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Steph Curry hopes not to embarrass himself in Web.com Tour event

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Steph Curry, who’s fresh off a 2017 NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors, is taking his talents to professional golf after accepting a sponsors’ exemption into the 2017 Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic the week of July 31. The event is held at TPC Stonebrae (par 70; 7,100 yards) in Hayward, California, which is located just 30 minutes from Oracle Arena where the Warriors play, so this is basically a home game for Curry.

Curry currently carries a 2.2 handicap index, according to Golf Digest, and as he told the San Francisco Chronicle, he’s excited about the opportunity but also hopes not to embarrass himself.

“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,” Curry told the San Francisco Chronicle. “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.”

For reference, here’s Curry’s golf swing, which is from a video uploaded to YouTube in 2016.

Of course, golf fans, and possibly Web.com Tour players, will be appalled at this decision by the tournament sponsors. They’ll say: “How could they let a 2.2 handicap take away a spot from a real golfer!”

To that I answer: Probably because you’re going to watch the Ellie Mae Classic now to see if Steph Curry can break 100, whereas you probably wouldn’t have even heard of the tournament otherwise. Charity, money, interest, ratings… all valid things to consider when deciding who to provide a sponsors’ exemption.

Also, the tournament is no stranger to high profile athletes. NFL Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice played in the event three times. Sure, he’s never finished better than second-to-last in three outings, but someone has to finish DFL, right? Might as well be Jerry Rice or Steph Curry. And let’s not get it twisted, Steph will finish in last place. It’s more of a lock than the Warriors were to win the 2017 NBA Finals once they acquired Kevin Durant.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Jacked_Loft

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Maybe he’ll play in the flight with Paige Spiranac and Bill Murray

  2. kevin

    Jul 3, 2017 at 8:09 am

    It’s obviously good for the WEB.com tour because I would rather be at the range than waste my time watching minor league golf. However, I will watch his round and see how he fares. It’s a good thing.

  3. Robert Parsons

    Jun 30, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Truth be spoken here.

    • Ude

      Jul 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Cali champagne socialist multimillionaire mulatto entertaining white wannabe nerds

  4. Jay

    Jun 29, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    The author seems REALLY certain that Steph is gonna finish in last place. That’s no guarantee. And if golfers are really serious about “growing the game” like everyone CLAIMS to be, why not give him the spot? He’s one of the biggest, most recognizable athletes in the world that happens to be a scratch golfer who loves the game. Good for business – therefore good for golf.

  5. Bob Parsons

    Jun 29, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Spoiler Alert: Robert Gamez beats him by 12 shots. Talk about embarrassing…

  6. Judge Smeills

    Jun 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Steph Curry is the new Jerry Rice of the Web.com tour

  7. Phil

    Jun 29, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    He’s embarrassing his Under Armour contract by wearing that Nike hat.

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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