On Thursday, most of the golf world’s attention was trained on an unlikely type of athlete: a basketball player. NBA superstar and Golden State Warriors hero Stephen Curry made his pro golf debut at the Web.com tour’s Ellie Mae Classic.
Curry made three birdies to go along with five bogeys and one double bogey to shoot a four-over 74. While Curry’s round leaves him well off the lead and with low chances to make the cut Friday, it is very impressive nonetheless and beat many people’s expectations. Those left impressed included several Tour pros, and they took to Twitter to make their feelings known.
.@StephenCurry30 making 3 birdies and shooting +4 is super impressive. Great golfer but things can be tougher inside the ropes. Well done
— Ben Crane (@bencranegolf) August 3, 2017
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) August 3, 2017
— Padraig Harrington (@padraig_h) August 3, 2017
This Steph Curry thing is great for golf. I wish there was some place to watch it but I’m actually refreshing my phone checkin on him
— max homa (@maxhoma23) August 3, 2017
— Willy Wilcox (@willwilcoxgolf) August 3, 2017
Beyond impressed with @StephenCurry30 and his play in the Web event. Perfect use of a sponsor’s exemption. Great for the game and the tour!
— Stewart Hagestad (@s_hagestad) August 3, 2017
Zac Blair retweeted a Curry-related tweet from @NoLayingUp.
Gotta hand it to Steph. 74 on a tournament course is incredibly impressive. Did not see that coming.
— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) August 3, 2017
Curry tees off for the second round at 5:15 p.m. ET on Friday and will need an even more impressive round to play the weekend.