Stephen Curry misses cut but earns admiration in pro golf debut

Stephen Curry listed as a 3000-1 long shot to win his first professional golf event

Asked if he was going to make the weekend cut, Curry said, "I got the jitters out".

When someone in the gallery exhorted Curry to make a putt, he shouted back, "Seriously!"

Well, on Thursday, Curry may have silenced some of those critics by posting a respectable 4-over 74 in the first round of the tournament at TPC Stonebrae in San Francisco. Sam Ryder, who won the Pinnacle Bank Championship two weeks ago, shot a 75.

British Open Jordan Spieth said: "I think he certainly beat most everybody's expectations, but I don't think that really surprised him".

Although Curry beat only four of the players who completed 36 holes, he was pleased to have avoided the high scores that some had predicted for him.

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

He made two birdies on the back nine but finished with another bogey on his closing hole at the Stonebrae course in Hayward, California.

"If you told me I'd shoot a 74 going into my first round, I'd take that all day, everyday", Curry said, per the Web.com Tour. "After how [Thursday] went, I'm extremely proud of backing that up with another solid round because it could have gone either way".

Curry had a rough start Friday, posting bogeys on four of the first eight holes, but settled down to par the next five before getting up and down out of a bunker for birdie on No. 14. The South African, who turned pro in 2007, has only three career wins, and knows how tough it is to play professional golf. "It could have been all that 80s-90s talk I heard coming into the tournament".

Most players on the Web.com Tour would not be happy with shooting consecutive rounds of 74, better than just a handful of competitors, while missing the cut by 11 strokes at an event.

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