Stephen Curry shoots 74 in first round of professional golf debut

Stephen Curry shoots 74 in first round of professional golf debut

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. Both will be on the PGA Tour next season. He picked up his first birdie of the day on Hole 14, using a quality chip out of the sand to set up a manageable put. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player cracked the field on a sponsor's invite, generating a lot of buzz.

Then again, most - okay, all - of them are not National Basketball Association superstars, making what Stephen Curry accomplished quite impressive, indeed.

"He said, 'Do you know how to hit a chunk-and-run bunker shot?' and I said I have no idea", said West, a Stonebrae member who also works for the Warriors and is the son of the legendary Jerry West.

Curry beat one of the pros in his group. "He handled the nerves of this being his first time in this type of atmosphere pretty well".

Several other professional golfers took notice of Curry's performance at TPC Stonebrae and offered their praise on social media.

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To be fair, Wheatcroft backed down and was full of praise for Curry.

Stephen Curry has made an athletic life out of silencing doubters, and now he's done it in two different sports.

Wherever he went on Thursday, there were cameras clicking, cheers and whistles moments after he struck the ball and hundreds of supporters wearing Warriors gear, mostly shirts bearing his No. 30. It was almost impossible for him to lose a ball.

Curry's opening 74 was one shot better than one of his playing partners. Curry will return to his day job of "NBA superstar" and clear the way for these fine pros to do what they do best this weekend.

Curry said he'd heard about the Nicklaus message but hadn't seen it.