Steph Curry calls out pro after breaking 76 on debut

Steve Phelps
August 6, 2017

National Basketball Association superstar Stephen Curry was understandably proud of his efforts after shooting back-to-back 74s on a Tour debut he described as a "dream come true".

It appeared he was accomplishing the latter at TPC Stonebrae in California, evident by his increasingly loose nature as the round unfolded on the way to a four-over 74 on Thursday.

But not before leaving some of golf's best players impressed that a two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors could enter their arena and look respectable. He made five straight pars and birdied No. 14 but he played the final three holes at plus-1 with two bogeys and a birdie on 17.

The clubhouse lead is held by American Brandon Harkins after his six-under round of 64.

Curry told, "If you told me I was going to shoot 74 going into the first round, I'd take that all day everyday".

"Shooting even par on the back after a shaky start is definitely a proud moment", he said.

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Curry is a 2-handicap and received a sponsor's invite for the tournament.

"All day yesterday I was checking who said what, and I don't usually do that, but it was cool to hear the chatter that was going on", said Curry.

After announcing his involvement in the tournament wearing a hat adorned with the words "I can do all things", Curry's professional golf debut certainly went some way to proving it.

Among the players Curry finished ahead of was two-time PGA Tour victor Frank Lickliter. The field included players who have competed in majors this year and seven players who have won on the PGA Tour.

"Clearly, he is [a good golfer]", Zach Johnson said. The South African, who turned pro in 2007, has only three career wins, and knows how tough it is to play professional golf. "Obviously as a competitor you can always play better, so hopefully I can do that tomorrow".

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