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NEWS: NBA’s Curry Receives Exemption Into Tour Event

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Stephen Curry, fresh off his NBA championship, has accepted a sponsor's exemption to the Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic, which benefits the Warriors Community Foundation. (Photo Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

Fresh off his second NBA title, Stephen Curry is now going to to try his hand at pro golf.

Curry will receive a sponsor exemption to play in the Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae on Aug. 3-6 in Hayward, Calif., the tour announced Wednesday. The event is a short ride south from where the superstar plays in Oakland for the Golden State Warriors.

Curry is noted as an avid golfer and consistent participant in celebrity golf outings. He currently carries a 2.0 handicap index, according to the Northern California Golf Association. He has posted 11 scores this month, with his lowest being a 71.

“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 said in a video the San Francisco Chronicle published in a report ahead of Wednesday’s announcement. “But to be able to play against the next and best golf professionals will be a huge honor and huge treat.”

The tournament benefits the Warriors Community Foundation, making it the perfect fit for Curry to tee it up. He isn’t the first professional athlete from the Bay Area to play in the event; former San Francisco 49er receiver Jerry Rice competed three times. Rice, listed at a 1.0 handicap when he played from 2010-2012, never came close to making the cut.

“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,” Curry said. “I’m going to try to keep it in the fairway.”

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