Stephen Curry pumped his proper fist, raised his arms in the air with membership in hand and gave a agency shoulder bump to caddie Jonnie West, his golf companion on street journeys with the Golden State Warriors.
After three bogeys in 5 holes of his professional golf debut, a birdie was worthy of celebration.
There was the animated, assured Steph that NBA followers know so properly, the two-time league MVP lastly feeling it and making the robust photographs on the difficult course at TPC Stonebrae whereas competing in a event one step under the PGA Tour.
With a bogey on the final gap, he had a good 4-over 74.
“It was an amazing 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 stated. “If you told me I was going to shoot 74 going into the first round I’d take that all day, every day. I’m pretty happy with it.”
Curry drew 300-plus followers to the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic, the place Hall of Fame large receiver Jerry Rice has performed a number of occasions in the previous.
The star level guard of the champion Warriors high-fived followers between holes on the picturesque course offering panoramic views overlooking San Francisco Bay, and he chatted with the opposite two in his threesome, Sam Ryder and defending champion Stephan Jaeger. Both might be on the PGA Tour subsequent season.
Curry, who munched on a breakfast sandwich on the inexperienced of his first gap, missed badly on his opening tee shot. The drive landed off a hill and bounced completely into the cup holder of a golf cart.
Not fairly as spot-on as these signature pregame tunnel photographs at Oracle Arena or the jaw-dropping, buzzer-beating three-pointers from method, means again.
“That’s probably a first on the tour. There was a golf cart just left of my target on hole No1 and it went right in the cup holder,” Curry stated. “Not an ideal way to start with calling a rules official over after your first tee shot. I kind of settled in after that.”
On the 15th fairway, Curry leaned on West, a member of Golden State’s entrance workplace and son of Hall of Famer Jerry West. Jonnie West is also a member at this course.
Then Curry completed the par-5 15th by sinking a 5-foot, downhill birdie putt. He made par on No16 then survived a tee shot to the bunker and a close to stumble climbing out of the sand on the par-Four 18th and made about an eight-footer to save par.
That prompted a triumphant membership faucet to his shoe and Curry then held up the ball sporting an enormous grin.
“It was awesome,” West stated. “He handled the nerves of this being his first time in this type of atmosphere pretty well.”
Curry started his spherical on the again 9 and when his identify was introduced on the tee, “I could barely feel my hands, I had to try to take a deep breath,” he stated.
He made the flip in 2 over.
The prime 65 and ties from the 156-player area will make the reduce. Curry, enjoying on a sponsor exemption and one among three amateurs in the sector, was outdoors the highest 140 and 5 photographs under the reduce line as the primary spherical 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 hit a couple more good shots and make a couple more putts,” he stated.
With so many cameras clicking, cheers and whistles moments after he struck the ball and a whole lot of supporters in No. 30 shirts and Warriors gear, this was little question a “Strength In Numbers” type of day.
There can be no balls misplaced, both. Wherever his photographs landed, an enormous crowd shortly gathered to get an up-close glimpse of considered one of basketball’s greatest. One of the most important bargains in the NBA earlier than, Curry was rewarded final month with a $201 million, five-year contract.
Playing his different sporting ardour, Curry obtained loads of assist alongside the 7,024-yard, par-70 course. Those with houses alongside the course gathered in teams on decks to catch a gap.
On this present day, it was Jaeger making a key help down the stretch. Waiting on the tee field on their ultimate gap, he took a basketball belonging to 14-year-old Erik Oswald from Southern California for Curry to signal and delivered it again to the giddy teen dressed in a chef’s hat who had adopted his hoops hero all day.
“Unbelievable gallery out here,” Curry stated, “hopefully that continues through the week.”