National Basketball Association star Steph Curry shoots 74 at professional golf debut

NBA champ Curry to test golf skills

"After third or fourth hole, it was just golf like normal".

"To be honest, I think it's pretty special for a two-time MVP to be able to shoot 74 at a pro event and beat other pros", Jason Day said. "I'm pretty happy with it". "First opportunity to play with these guys, first tee shot was insane, first par I made trying to settle in and then obviously the first birdie was a really cool moment". "Now that I got the jitters out, hopefully that'll happen".

That prompted Curry to tap his club against one of his shoes, and to hold up the ball with a big grin on his face. He scrambled for a bogey and a couple of pars later was laughing and joking with playing partners Stephen Jaeger and Sam Ryder.

"I was really impressed with his short game", Jaeger said. The most negative response was, surprising nobody, "he's taking a spot from a "real" golfer"! I tell you what, he was hitting really good chips. He beat his under in Vegas by three.

- Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) August 5, 2017After a bogey on 16, @StephenCurry30 bounces back with his second birdie of the day to remain at +7 going into his last hole.

He came into the tournament saying he was "realistic" about his chances, but was solid throughout the day. "To shoot two 74s, I'll take that".

"I had to try to take a deep breath and still there wasn't anything I could do to prepare myself for that moment".

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.

At the par-3 sixth, which he birdied on Thursday, Curry left himself a 50-foot putt over a ridge with his tee shot.

FIRST BIRDIE! Steph Curry makes birdie on the driveable par four 14th hole.

"We want to get used to those crowds", Jaeger said.

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