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Hamilton preps for Suzuka in unique way: Golfing with Stephen Curry

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Lewis Hamilton’s life outside of racing is fascinating and often a topic of conversation, and it’s interesting to see what things he comes up with when he’s not wheeling his latest Mercedes chassis.

A case in point is what Hamilton’s done today, a handful of days before the Japanese Grand Prix: go golfing.

Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be news. And even today, this barely is news.

Except for the fact Hamilton posted on his Instagram story that this was his first round of golf in three years, and he had an interesting player alongside with him: Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry.

Before arriving in Suzuka, Hamilton took a detour to the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, where Curry and the Warriors are set to play two exhibition games Thursday and Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Shenzhen Universiade Center.

Curry, donning Hamilton’s helmet, saddled up to a tee for a shot… but didn’t exactly nail the follow-through.

Guess who this is…?

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@stephencurry30 never drive & golf😂 #greatday #stephcurry @andre #missionhills

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And here’s NBCSN’s tweet on it.

Kevin Costner as Roy McAvoy’s line from Tin Cup noting that golf is one of the two things you can enjoy even if you’re not good at it may apply here.

Hamilton and Curry, each who can lay claim to being the best at their actual disciplines, resume in competition this weekend – Hamilton in Suzuka and Curry in Shenzhen.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)