Monday, 21 August, 2017

What They're Saying: Steph Curry Holds His Own Against Pro Golfers

NBA champ Curry to test golf skills Stephen Curry listed as a 3000-1 long shot to win his first professional golf event
Derrick Tucker | 06 August, 2017, 01:34

Some professional golfers had criticized Curry's inclusion at the expense of budding young players, with others taking to social media insisting there was "no chance" the basketball star could break 80.

"It was an incredible 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.

"I was gods right up until they said, 'From Alameda, California...' then I couldn't feel my hands!"

Photo Curry inspecting a ball on the 13th hole on Thursday. There was lots of talk that he was stealing a spot from a deserving pro, and that he would be lucky to break "85".

Into the arena.@StephenCurry30's opening round @EllieMaeClassic is underway. "Thanks for enjoying our game as much as Barbara and I enjoy yours!"

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"Unbelievable gallery out here", Curry said. Handed a cell phone with the actual tweet, he shook his head and said, "That's insane ... that's insane".

Check out Steph's IG shot, which shows his arm around President Obama on the golf course, and includes Curry's wife, Ayesha Curry, their daughters and his parents, Dell and Sonya. "I don't usually do that, but I felt for golf, it was cool to kind of hear the chatter that was going on". Both will be on the PGA Tour next season.

As for the doubters and cynics ...

After shooting a four-over 39 on the front nine, Curry played the back nine in even-par 35 in front of the largest crowds for the second consecutive day. He fired a respectable 4-over-par 74, picking up birdies on a pair of Par-5s and saving par with numerous long putts.

Birdie-par run for @StephenCurry30. He made par on No. 16, then survived a tee shot to the bunker and a near stumble climbing out of the sand on the par-4 18th and made about an 8-footer to save par. I took a screenshot of that.

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