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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 shot landed near a sprinkler head prompting Curry to say, 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 Tour winners Martin Trainer and Cameron Champ. They will begin play at 2:52 p.m. PT.