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August 23 2017, 11:03 | Van Peters
Stephen Curry listed as a 3000-1 long shot to win his first professional golf event
Curry, a former most valuable player in the National Basketball Association, followed his opening-round four-over par 74 in the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic with a another 74 at the TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif., 17 miles southwest of where he plies his trade, in the Oracle Arena, for the Golden State Warriors. Shooting two 74s, I'll take that.
According to Marcus Thompson of The Athletic, Curry was incredibly nervous before taking his tee shot.
"To shoot even par on the back, try to keep it together after a shaky, bogey-filled start was definitely a proud moment", Curry said.
He'll be back on the course Friday to see if he can make the cut. "I kind of settled in after that".
Curry beat one of the pros in his group.
Then Curry finished the par-5 15th by sinking a 5-foot downhill birdie putt.
Curry's participation in the event has prompted some criticism from those claiming he was blocking the opportunity of other professional golfers.
Curry confessed that after his first 74, he was obsessed with what the golf world about it.
Before the tournament, Steve Wheatcroft, a PGA Tour pro, wrote on Twitter that there was "no way in hell" that Curry would shoot below 76.
But he showed plenty of promise with birdies on two of the par fives and a two on the par-3 sixth hole.
"He said, 'Do you know how to hit a chunk-and-run bunker shot?' and I said I have no idea", said West, a Stonebrae member who also works for the Warriors and is the son of the legendary Jerry West.
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. It was almost impossible for him to lose a ball. Wherever his shots landed, a big crowd quickly gathered to get an up-close glimpse of one of basketball's best.
On Thursday, Jaeger made a key assist down the stretch.
"Unbelievable gallery out here", Curry said, "hopefully that continues through the week".