Curry, who was enjoying on a sponsor’s exemption, drew a gallery of 300-plus followers on Thursday to the Net.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Basic, during which Jerry Rice, the Corridor of Fame broad receiver, had beforehand performed.
One in every of three amateurs within the area, Curry, 29, excessive-fived followers between holes on the course, which has panoramic views overlooking San Francisco Bay, and chatted with the opposite gamers in his threesome, Sam Ryder and the defending champion Stephan Jaeger. Each shall 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 his signature three-pointers from means, approach again.
“That’s in all probability a primary on the tour: There was a golf cart simply left of my goal on Gap No. 1, and it went proper within the cup holder,” Curry stated. “Not a great option to begin, with calling a guidelines official over after your first tee shot. I type of settled in after that.”
On the fifteenth fairway, Curry leaned on West, a member of Golden State’s entrance workplace and the son of the N.B.A. Corridor of Famer Jerry West. Jonnie West can also be a member of the Stonebrae membership.
Then Curry completed the par-5 fifteenth by sinking a 5-foot downhill birdie putt. He made par on No. sixteen, 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 lots of par.
That prompted Curry to faucet his membership towards considered one of his footwear, and to carry up the ball with an enormous grin on his face.
“It was superior,” West stated. “He dealt with the nerves of this being his first time in one of these environment fairly properly.”
Earlier than the event, Steve Wheatcroft, a PGA Tour professional, wrote on Twitter that there was “no means in hell” that Curry would shoot under seventy six. After the primary spherical, Curry responded to Wheatcroft’s publish, “Hell hath frozen over.” Wheatcroft admitted he had underestimated Curry, writing: “VERY spectacular on the market. Beat some good gamers.”
A number of the extra outstanding tour gamers additionally complimented Curry after the primary spherical. “To play that nicely with the sort of strain he should have been beneath could be very spectacular,” Rickie Fowler advised Golf Digest. “It’s cool what he did. I’ve by no means been thrown in a state of affairs the place I’ve needed to carry out on the highest degree — or one of many highest ranges — competing in one other sport.
“There could also be a few athletes on the PGA Tour, perhaps Dustin Johnson or Gary Woodland, who might look athletic on a basketball courtroom, however they aren’t going to play to the extent that he did as a golfer.”
Curry started his spherical on the again 9, and he stated that when his identify was introduced on the tee, “I might barely really feel my palms; I needed to attempt to take a deep breath.”
He made the flip in two over.
Wherever he went on Thursday, there have been cameras clicking, cheers and whistles moments after he struck the ball and a whole lot of supporters sporting Warriors gear, principally shirts bearing his No. 30.
Curry had loads of assist alongside the 7,024-yard, par-70 course. It was almost unimaginable for him to lose a ball. Wherever his photographs landed, an enormous crowd shortly gathered to get an in depth glimpse of considered one of basketball’s greatest. These with houses alongside the course gathered in teams on decks to catch a gap.
On Thursday, Jaeger made a key help down the stretch. Ready on the tee field on their ultimate gap, he took a basketball belonging to Erik Oswald, a 14-yr-previous from Southern California, gave it to Curry to autograph after which returned it to the giddy teenager, who had adopted Curry all day.
“Unbelievable gallery out right here,” Curry stated.