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Most Improved: Steph Curry Returns to Professional Golf

By A.J. Jones

The NBA’s first unanimous MVP winner in history, Steph Curry can add another title to his list of many after his showing in the first round of the 2018 Ellie Mae Classic. That title is Most Improved. Curry shot an impressive 71 in the first round this year, after a 74 – 74 showing on Thursday and Friday at TPC Stonebrae last year.

Curry started the first round this year on the 10th hole. That is the same hole where his tee shot ended up in a cup that was in a golf cart, last year. This year, his tee on shot landed near a sprinkler head prompting Curry to in jest,  “I can’t play this hole without getting a ruling.”

“Awesome day,” is how Curry summed up his play after finishing the round. “Obviously I came in with high expectations based on how I played last year. We just wanted to play better.  I started off the round and I got a little rattled on the back nine (he started on the back nine). Then going into the front nine on No. 2, a couple three putts and I was able to right the ship from there.

“I think I hit every green on the back almost and gave myself plenty of opportunities, which was pretty cool.  I just have to make couple more putts tomorrow and see what happens, but I think the way I was able to turn it around after being 3-over through my first 11 holes was pretty solid.”

The lead in the tournament, after the first round, is shared by three players. Adam Long, Seth Reaves and Samuel Del Val all scored 63 to finish 7-under par.

Tomorrow, Curry will again be paired with Web.com Tour winners Martin Trainer and Cameron Champ. They will begin play at 2:52 p.m. PT.

Steph Curry Gains Respect for His Golf Game From Naysayers

By A.J. Jones

Steph Curry proved naysayers wrong when he shot a 74 on Thursday and Friday of the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic. Curry received a sponsor’s exemption in order to be able to compete. There were some people who believed that he may have taken a spot that someone who depends on golf to make a living may have needed. Others thought he would fail miserably.

The biggest story from Curry’s professional golf debut was the amount of new spectators who came to watch him play at TPC Stonebrae. There was no doubt that the majority of the gallery watching the tournament had never attended a professional golf event previously.

Always humble, Curry commented, “Unbelievable gallery out here. Hopefully that continues through the week. Just unbelievable opportunity to play out here with these guys.”

The winner of the tournament, Martin Piller, shot a 68 on Thursday, a 62 on Friday, a 68 on Saturday and a 64 on Sunday. Piller said that his putting was the key to his success. “With putting … it’s kind of contagious,” he said. “You see a couple go in and it snowballs in the right direction for you. I started putting well last week and it continued into this week.”

The tournament was a success for all involved. The players had a larger gallery watching them play, the Web.com tour received greater exposure, and the Ellie Mae Classic raised a considerable amount for the Warriors Foundation. Also, Curry proved that, if he were to ever want to leave professional basketball, he can be competitive in professional golf.