The two-time MVP bogeyed three of his first five openings but finished strong for a 74 at the Web.com Tours Ellie Mae Classic
Stephen Curry gushed his right fist, created his arms in the air with golf-club in hand and made a firm shoulder bulge to caddie Jonnie West, his golf partner on street excursions with the Golden State Warriors.
After three bogeys in five defects of his professional golf debut, a birdie was worthy of celebration.
There was the animated, self-confident Steph that NBA fans know so well, the two-time league MVP ultimately seeming it and constituting the tough kills on the challenging course at TPC Stonebrae while rivalling in a tournament one pace below the PGA Tour.
With a bogey on the last loophole, he had a respectable 4-over 74.
It was an amazing suffer, Ive been looking forward to this since I found out and to eventually thump my first fire in tournament gambling was a really, really nervous instant but it was everything I hoped for, Curry spoke. If you asked me I was going to shoot 74 going into the firstly round Id take that all day, every day. Im moderately happy with it.
Curry outlined 300 -plus fans to the Web.com Tours Ellie Mae Classic, where Hall of Fame wide-eyed receiver Jerry Rice has played a few times in the past.
The star point guard of the champ Warriors high-fived love between defects on the picturesque track furnishing panoramic views overlooking San Francisco Bay, and he chit-chat with the other two in his threesome, Sam Ryder and defending champion Stephan Jaeger. Both will be on the PGA Tour next season.
Curry, who munched on a breakfast sandwich at the light-green of his first opening, missed naughtily on his opening tee shot. The drive territory off a mountain and rebounded perfectly into the bowl incumbent of a golf cart.
Not quite as spot-on as those signature pregame tunnel hits at Oracle Arena or the jaw-dropping, buzzer-beating three-pointers from space, channel back.
Thats possibly a first on the tour. There was a golf cart merely left of my target on gap No1 and it ran right in the goblet holder, Curry alleged. Not an ideal course to start with announcing a rules official over after your first tee film. I kind of settled in after that.
On the 15 th fairway, Curry leaned on West, a member of Golden States front office and son of Hall of Famer Jerry West. Jonnie West also is a member at this course.
Then Curry finished the par-5 15 th by dropping a 5-foot, downhill birdie putt. He drew equivalence on No16 then existed a tee fire to the bunker and a near stumble climbing out of the sand on the par-4 18 th and made about an eight-footer to save par.
That stimulated a exultant organization tap to his shoe and Curry then held up the pellet sporting a big grin.
It was awesome, West remarked. He handled the nerves of this being his first time in this type of atmosphere pretty well.
Curry began his round on the back nine and when his identify was announced on the tee, I could just appear my hands, I had to try to take a deep breath, he said.
He established the turn in 2 over.
The top 65 and ties from the 156 -player field will make the cut. Curry, playing on the sponsors of the draft resolution exemption and one of three amateurs in the field, was outside the top 140 and five kills below the cut direction as the first round was headed for a conclusion.
I want to play better tomorrow. Now that I kind of got the jitters out hopefully that will happen and stumbled a duo very best hits and make a couple more putts, he said.
With so many cameras clicking, applauses and whistles times after he impressed the projectile and hundreds of supporters in No. 30 shirts and Fighters gear, this was no doubt a Strength In Numbers kind of day.
There would be no balls lost, either. Wherever his shootings territory, a big crowd swiftly gathered to get an up-close glimpse of one of basketballs better. One of the biggest bargains in the NBA before, Curry was reinforced last-place month with a $201 million, five-year contract.
Playing his other sporting fervour, Curry got plenty of assist along the 7,024 -yard, par-7 0 direction. Those with homes along such courses gathered in groups on decks to catch a hole.
On this day, it was Jaeger making a key facilitate down the stretching. Waiting at the tee chest on their final hole, he took a basketball are subordinate to 14 -year-old Erik Oswald from Southern California for Curry to sign and delivered it back to the giddy teen garmented in a cook hat who had followed his hoops hero all day.
Unbelievable gallery out here, Curry remarked, hopefully that sustains through the week.