3 Major Athletes Who Love to Play Golf

Aug 24, 2016

Like most working professionals, pro athletes need an escape from their day jobs every once in a while. But unlike those with work at a desk, athletes know that their competitive spirits will likely outlast their bodies' abilities to play their trade. So what's the best thing for them to do? Take to the golf course, of course!

While sports like basketball, football and baseball may pull in a lot of sports fanatics, the athletes themselves seem to love spending their downtime playing golf. Check out these three top athletes who are avid golfers, and excellent players in their own right:

Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors

The 2015-2016 NBA Most Valuable Player was not just a basketball prodigy growing up. He also played on his high school golf team, and currently sports a handicap of 2. It's no great surprise that one of the best three-point shooters in recent basketball history is comfortable unleashing high, accurate, arcing shots on grass, as well as the hardwood. Curry seems destined for a long NBA career, but when he hangs up his sneakers, could a shot at the Champions Tour be next?

Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys

One of the NFL's best-known quarterbacks may be the best golfer among all professional athletes, at times sporting a handicap as low as plus-2. In fact, Romo even made Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open in 2010 before falling short of a spot in the championship itself. In order to preserve his oft-injured back, Romo has recently backed off the offseason golf in favor of more traditional physical therapy. Once he retires, though, chances are Romo will be a fixture at golf courses across Texas and the rest of the world.

Yoenis Cespedes – New York Mets

The Cuban-born slugger seems to have found a team in the Big Apple that makes him as comfortable as does his secondary passion: golf. He has made huge improvements in the last couple of years, so much so that he has stated a desire to try and play professionally once his baseball days are over. He has a longer way to go than Romo and Curry, but given his passion and natural talent for hitting a fast-moving baseball, it's not a massive stretch to say he could get really, really good at hitting a smaller, though stationary, ball.

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