Stephen Curry holds his own in first round of tournament

After two-time NBA champion Stephen Curry received a sponsor’s exemption to participate in the 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.

Well, on Thursday, Curry may have silenced some of those critics by posting a respectable 4-over 74 in the first round of the tournament at TPC Stonebrae in San Francisco. Although at the end of his round he was tied for 141st, the sharp-shooting point guard’s round featured some pretty nifty highlights.

The first unanimous MVP in NBA history got off to a shaky start by hooking his opening tee shot into a golf cart cupholder and making three bogeys in his initial five holes. He was then able to settle his nerves and make a birdie on the par-five 15th on his way to a front nine score of 37. On the backside, Curry again carded a 37 – making two more birdies to go along with two bogeys and a costly double bogey on the par 4-fifth hole. All things considered, the Warriors guard has to be satisfied with his performance in his first professional golf tournament.

Curry, who holds a 2.0 handicap, decided to take part in this particular event due to the partnership between the Ellie Mae Classic and the Warriors Community Foundation.

The top 65 players from the 156-player field will make the cut and return for weekend play after tomorrow’s round. Coming into the tournament, Curry had +900 odds to make the cut and -2500 to miss it according to some sports books.

It’s still unlikely that Curry will stay the weekend, but his eight-year NBA career and short pro golf career have certainly taught us to expect the unexpected.

Steph Curry proved on Thursday that he can keep up with the pros on the links. (Getty)
Steph Curry proved on Thursday that he can keep up with the pros on the links. (Getty)

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