Monday, 16 July, 2018

Steph Curry calls out pro after breaking 76 on debut

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry right and Taylor Moore watch a tee shot on the14th green during a practice round at the Steph Curry calls out pro after breaking 76 on debut
Vera Richards | 06 August, 2017, 01:18

Despite handwringing in some corners over Curry receiving an exemption over a more qualified professional - though it is common for sponsors to give exemptions to amateurs - the Warriors star more than held his own on the course and silenced many of his doubters.

And now the former NBA Most Valuable Player has added another feather to his cap - after making his professional golf debut. It could have been those 80, 90 talks I heard going into the tournament. Waiting at the tee box on their final hole, he took a basketball belonging to Erik Oswald, a 14-year-old from Southern California, gave it to Curry to autograph and then returned it to the giddy teenager, who had followed Curry all day.

He started on the back nine and bogeyed three of his first five holes before getting a birdie on No. 15.

"It was pretty cool - really cool - to see", Spieth, an Under Armour endorser, as is Curry, continued.

Unfortunately for van der Walt, he'll be eating his words, and apparently his own golf bag, after Curry's 74. "I kind of settled in after that".

"I hit some really good shots but a lot more poor shots", he said.

"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", said major victor Jason Day.

"I tried to take a deep breath, but still there wasn't anything I could do to get myself prepared for that moment".

Indeed, the ball rolled up onto the green, eight feet from the cup, and Curry then drained the putt for a birdie, his first of two on the day and one of five in the tournament.

"I want to play better tomorrow and now I've got the jitters out hopefully that will happen", he said.

Asked if he would "pull a Michael [Jordan]" and leave basketball for another sport, a smiling Curry replied: "I will be suiting up for the Warriors next year".

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