Steph Curry calls out pro after breaking 76 on debut

Lena Tucker
August 6, 2017

After two-time National Basketball Association champion Stephen Curry received a sponsor's exemption to participate in the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic, some golf die-hards felt it was wrong to guarantee a spot in the field to a part-time golfer.

But despite the gutsy performance in his professional debut, Curry came up well short of making the cut, with an eight-over 148 total. Even if he plays a spectacular round, it's tough to imagine him keeping pace with people who golf week in and week out to make a living.

One of three amateurs in the field, Curry, 29, high-fived fans between holes on the course, which has panoramic views overlooking San Francisco Bay, and chatted with the other players in his threesome, Sam Ryder and the defending champion Stephan Jaeger.

A bogey on the last was not the ideal way to end his day, but Curry was already looking ahead to Friday's second round. Curry plays to a scratch handicap, and the tournament is being played at TPC Stonebrae.

"To shoot 74, 74 I will take that, " he said. "Obviously as a competitor you can always play better, so hopefully I can do that tomorrow". He picked up his first birdie of the day on Hole 14, using a quality chip out of the sand to set up a manageable put.

Curry bogeyed two of the first three holes on Friday and shot a 39 on a 3-hour front nine.

"To keep it together after a shaky start was a proud moment", Curry said.

"I'm happy with it".

Curry also, somehow, managed to hit one of his patented long drives - straight into a golf cart cup holder. "You see him fist-pumping out there, and just him talking about how nervous he was when he heard his name called, it just makes us feel a little better when sometimes some of the stuff he does looks like a robot".

"I was asked if I thought he was going to break 80, and that's the hand grenade question", Paul Casey said.

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