Pro golfer Harold Varner III defends Steph Curry amid Tour criticism

Pro golfer Harold Varner III defends Steph Curry amid Tour criticism

Earlier this week, it was announced that Stephen Curry was going to play in a Tour golf event. 

Instant controversy was spread and many, professionals, analysts and fans were upset the Curry was competing in the tournament.

Most popular in the twitter-verse was Lee McCoy, a golfer for the Mackenzie Tour:

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Not all golfers though share the same sentiment.

After the second round of the Quicken Loans National, world No. 135, Harold Varner III, a friend of the NBA Champion, spoke to CSN about the matter. 

"I think its sad that a few players think that it is taking someone else's spot, but you're not in the tournament director's shoes to be able to make that decision."

A sponsor’s exemption was the reasoning behind Curry's acceptance to the Ellie Mae Classic in August.

It is an event that benefits the Warriors Community Foundation.  

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It is also important to note, the Tour is a second-tier tour for the PGA Tour, essentially a minor-league. Curry is not competing at a major event. The combined prize pot is $600,000. To put into perspective, the Quicken Loans National champion's payout this weekend is $1.2 million. 

"I just hope he takes it all in. Its going to be a neat experience for him" Varner said. "I'm going to be pulling for him. 

Curry will have a two-stroke handicap on the TPC Stonebrae course in Hayward, California when the event tees off August 3. 


Tiger Woods announces return to 2018 National at TPC Potomac

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Tiger Woods announces return to 2018 National at TPC Potomac

Tiger Woods is back, y'all.

Woods announced Monday morning that he will be playing in the 2018 National taking place at TPC Potomac June 25-July 1.

The National is returning to TPC Potomac for the second time in its history.

Woods last competed in The National in 2015, winning the tournament in 2009 and 2012.

I am really looking forward to being back in the D.C. area this summer playing in The National, Woods said. As a two-time champion of this event benefiting my foundation, The National has always been a special event for me.

Since returning to golf in December, Woods has played in five events including the Hero World Challenge where he tied for ninth, the Valspar Championship tying for second and the Arnold Palmer Invitational where he tied for fifth. 

Next up for the 42-year old on his comeback trail is The Masters taking place April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club. 

Tickets for The National at TPC Potomac are on sale now.

2017 British Open: Field, Pairings, Tee Times, Live Stream, How To Watch

2017 British Open: Field, Pairings, Tee Times, Live Stream, How To Watch

The 2017 British Open is gearing up for another classic tournament. Hosted at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club for a 10th time, the Open Championship is a must-see for the casual sports fan. 

As the oldest major championship in professional golf, 2017 will be the 146th time The Open takes place.

This competition is one of the few that consistently features the greatest competition in the world. 

Littered with past champions, the 2017 Open Championship will once again be one of the toughest events in golf. Henrik Stenson will be back looking to defend his title, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickleson are still looking for their first PGA Tour win of the season, and Dustin Johnson looks to continue his stellar year chasing a second major championship.

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What: The 146 Open Championship (British Open) golf tournament
When: Thursday, July 20 - Sunday, July 23, 2017
Where: Royal Birkdale Golf Club
TV Channel: Golf Channel, NBC Universal
Livestream: Golf Channel Digital, NBC Sports Live


Players have until 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 14 to commit to the Open Championship.

The field will be announced by the PGA Tour as soon as possible following the deadline.