Steph Curry made some haters eat their words, and their golf bags, after another impressive showing on the Web.com Tour, even if it wasn’t enough to make the cut.
The two-time NBA MVP dittoed his four-over 74 from Thursday on Friday at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae, scoring two birdies and four bogeys.
“It was an unbelievable experience, and to shoot two 74s, I’ll take that,” said Curry.
Curry — who played the round in his new basketball sneakers, the Curry 4s that come out in October — went on to say that he thinks he exceeded his own expectations, but hedged that by adding “when you don’t really know what to expect going in, it’s hard to set expectations.”
The four-time NBA All-Star made the turn on the front with a troublesome four-over 39 consisting of four bogeys and no birdies. He then settled in and found his form on the back, rattling off four straight pars before birdieing the 14th and 17th holes, ultimately playing the back at even-par.
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“All day yesterday I was checking who said what, and I don’t usually do that, but it was cool to hear the chatter that was going on,” said Curry. “Then it got into the social media stuff, but a lot of people had their foot in their mouth, so that was cool, to set a little fire in that regard.”
Before the round, pro Dawie van der Walt told ESPN that he would be stunned if Curry broke 80 on Friday. The South African, who turned pro in 2007, has only three career wins, and knows how tough it is to play professional golf.
Unfortunately for van der Walt, he’ll be eating his words, and apparently his own golf bag, after Curry’s 74.
When asked if he’ll be leaving basketball like Michael Jordan to pursue a career in another sport, Curry got some chuckles with his answer and relieved Golden State fans at the same time.
“I’ll stay in my lane and enjoy. I’ll be suiting up for the Warriors next year.”