Stephen Curry outperformed expectations at the Ellie Mae Classic

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

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Several other professional golfers took notice of Curry's performance at TPC Stonebrae and offered their praise on social media. It could have been those 80, 90 talks I heard going into the tournament.

"I had to try to take a deep breath and still there wasn't anything I could do to prepare myself for that moment".

The Golden State Warriors guard took time out of the National Basketball Association off-season when he accepted a sponsor's invitation to play in the event and carded a respectable four over par 74.

Curry confessed that after his first 74, he was obsessed with what the golf world about it. My dad has been paralyzed neck down since I was 10, and this was the 3rd golf tournament he has watched me play since his illness.

Many have tried and failed, and Curry faces a steep battle on Friday to make the cut, which is expected to fall at around two under. Waiting at the tee box on their final hole, he took a basketball belonging to Erik Oswald, a 14-year-old from Southern California, gave it to Curry to autograph and then returned it to the giddy teenager, who had followed Curry all day.

Before the tournament, Steve Wheatcroft, a PGA Tour pro, wrote on Twitter that there was "no way in hell" that Curry would shoot below 76.

"Unbelievable gallery out here", Curry said, "hopefully that continues through the week". He fired a respectable 4-over-par 74, picking up birdies on a pair of Par-5s and saving par with numerous long putts. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player cracked the field on a sponsor's invite, generating a lot of buzz.

"That was awesome what he did yesterday", Jordan Spieth said Friday at the Bridgestone Invitational (via the AP). On the backside, Curry again carded a 37 - making two more birdies to go along with two bogeys and a costly double bogey on the par 4-fifth hole. "Who knows? But I think I'll stay in my lane and just enjoy suiting up for the Warriors next year".

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