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Stephen Curry sets modest goals for Tour event

Stephen Curry will play in the Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic later this week thanks to a sponsor exemption. And the Golden State Warriors superstar appears to understand that even making the cut will prove incredibly difficult for a professional golf neophyte.

In light of the stiff challenge he faces, Curry has set modest goals for himself before he tees off Thursday at 11:55 E.T. at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif., and insists he’s savoring the experience.

“Golf has been a passion of mine since I was a kid,” Curry told ESPN’s Michael Collins. “Not in a million years did I think I’d be on this range with these professional golfers, trying to keep up with them. But I got an amazing opportunity this week, so we’ll see what happens.”

Curry understands that the odds are stacked against him actually competing in the event, and so is Las Vegas. Bovada’s odds of Curry actually winning have been set at +250,000. But that won’t stop Curry, a 2-handicap, from enjoying the experience.

“I’m staying realistic,” Curry said Tuesday. “First goal is just to get off the first tee on Thursday. If I can do that, I’ll be off and running.”

Curry also made it clear he respects the players who are playing for their livelihood at the event while being realistic of his chances of putting in a good showing.

“These guys dedicate their life to the game and are grinding every week to make it to the PGA Tour, so I understand how hard it is out here,” Curry said. “Myself as a casual professional golfer in my head, not in real life, I just want to have fun, make some birdies. The cut would be — if I can just give myself a chance, like go into Friday with a realistic chance to make it — that would be amazing. I want to know what that adrenaline rush is like, because for me, that would be like winning the tourney.”

Curry certainly deserves credit for keeping everything in perspective … while presumably having the time of his golfing life at the same time.