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04 August 2017

Stephen Curry finishes four-over par as NBA superstar makes his pro golf debut in California

STEPHEN CURRY is one of the very best basketball players in the world.

And now the former NBA Most Valuable Player has added another feather to his cap – after making his professional golf debut.

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NBA star Stephen Curry made his professional golf debut[/caption]

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The basketball star shot a respectable four over par[/caption]

The 29-year-old is pretty handy with a ball in his hand, his hot shooting helped the Golden State Warriors win two titles in the last three years, and he proved he’s not bad with a club either.

Playing at the Ellie Mae Classic in California, Curry shot a very respectable four-over par 74.

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus had sent a message of support, but there was a lot of criticism from golf fans on social media.

Some claimed he was stunting the development of other young players, while others said he wouldn’t crack 80.

But Curry, in fact, outplayed playing partner Sam Ryder – who won the last event on the Web.com Tour by eight shots.

Curry, who sits 142nd out of a field of 154, said it was an “amazing” experience.

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Curry also won fans in golf legend Jack Nicklaus and playing partner Sam Ryder[/caption]

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Curry has helped the Golden State Warriors win two NBA titles in three years[/caption]


He said: “To finally hit my first shot in tournament play was a really, really nervous moment, but it was everything I hoped for.”

“If you told me I was going to shoot 74 going into the first round I’d take that all day, every day. I’m pretty happy with it.”

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Curry managed to hit a ball into a golf cart cup holder[/caption]

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The 29-year-old called it an ‘amazing experience’[/caption]

Ryder added: “He impressed me today for sure.

“I didn’t really know what to expect… but he made an awesome par save on 18, a couple of things that showed a lot of grit, he hit some great drives, and his short game was awesome too.”

Curry also, somehow, managed to hit one of his patented long drives – straight into a golf cart cup holder.

“That’s probably a first on the tour,” he joked.


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