Stephen Curry holds his own in first round of Web.com tournament

NBA champ Curry to test golf skills

Curry, who was playing on a sponsor's exemption, drew a gallery of 300-plus fans on Thursday to the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic, in which Jerry Rice, the Hall of Fame wide receiver, had previously played.

The 29-year-old is pretty handy with a ball in his hand, his hot shooting helped the Golden State Warriors win two titles in the last three years, and he proved he's not bad with a club either.

He said that the hardest part was just getting it started - and he did hit a shot into the cup holder of a golf cart on his first shot - but then he settled down and played a solid round.

"To be honest, I think it's pretty special for a two-time MVP to be able to shoot 74 at a pro event and beat other pros", former PGA champion Jason Day said.

Not much was expected of Curry, who a year ago played in the pro-am at the PGA Tour's season opener in Napa.


Before the round, pro Dawie van der Walt told ESPN that he would be stunned if Curry broke 80 on Friday. I know for a fact he was the happiest person at TPC Stonebrae this week getting to watch me tee it up on this stage.

Steph Curry shoots 74-74 in Web Tour debut. "To play that well with the kind of pressure he must have been under is very impressive", Rickie Fowler told Golf Digest.

"All day yesterday I was checking who said what, and I don't usually do that, but it was cool to hear the chatter that was going on", said Curry. But after the third or fourth hole, it was just golf and I just tried to hit some good shots. Obviously as a competitor, you feel like you can always play better. That takes Curry back to +3 on the day and +7 for the tournament.

On the 15th fairway, Curry leaned on West, a member of Golden State's front office and son of Hall of Famer Jerry West. Jonnie West also is a member at this course.

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