Steph Curry Quiets Critics, Shoots 74 in Pro Debut


Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry made his way from the hardwood to the fairway. The NBA star point guard made his professional golf debut on Thursday when he teed it up at the Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic in the Bay area. The two-time league MVP fired a 4-over par 74, which included three birdies highlighted by a 20-footer he dropped.

Channeling his fellow Under Armour ambassador, Curry told his caddie to “go get that” a la Jordan Spieth at Royal Birkdale.

Sure the nerves were flowing and his first drive ended up in a cup holder of a golf cart left of the fairway, but he settled down like the professional athlete he is. Here were Curry’s stats on the day:

“It was an amazing experience, I’ve been looking forward to this since I found out, and to finally hit my first shot in tournament play was a really, really nervous moment, but it was everything I hoped for,” Curry said after the round. “If you told me I was going to shoot 74 going into the first round I’d take that all day, every day. I’m pretty happy with it.”


While the decision to give Curry a sponsor’s exemption was met with criticism, he proved that this was more than a publicity stunt. Check out some of the PGA Tour pro reactions:

Curry is only 11 shots off the pace set by Nicolas Thompson. Not bad for a basketball player. Here’s a look at some of his highlights from Thursday:


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