National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry fell short in his bid to enjoy success on the golf course after missing the cut at the Ellie Mae Classic. The Web.com Tour and Ellie Mae Classic deserve the most honest thanks for giving me the privilege to tee it up.
And yet, even though his opening tee shot went horribly awry, there was at least an amusing irony in where it landed: a golf cart cup holder. If you told me I was going to shoot 74 going into the first round I'd take that all day, every day.
Curry raved about the experience speaking to reporters.
Curry made a double bogey, five bogeys and three birdies with Jonnie West as his caddie. I know for a fact he was the happiest person at TPC Stonebrae this week getting to watch me tee it up on this stage. "I had to take a deep breath and still there wasn't anything I could do to prepare for that moment but after the third hole it was just golf like normal".
Some of the more prominent tour players also complimented Curry after the first round.
Curry began his round on the back nine and was 2-over 37 at the turn, where he eagerly accepted a bag of fast food chicken for lunch.
The tournament is a four-day event, with the finalists to be determined after their combined numbers from the first three rounds, with a cut off score needed to be beaten in order to move on.
Curry's participation in the event has prompted some criticism from those claiming he was blocking the opportunity of other professional golfers.
"I hit some really good shots but a lot more poor shots", he said.
Curry said he'd heard about the Nicklaus message but hadn't seen it.
"Once again, athletes like that, especially I think basketball players are probably the top athletes because obviously they can jump and run and do everything".