Trading the Deep Three for a Deep Swing
Stephen Curry doesn't play golf for a living, but his play on the green might have made you do a double-take. Curry took his talents to the fairway for the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae this week in Hayward, posting a 1-over 71 in the opening round. The Web.com Tour is the developmental league of the PGA Tour and the Ellie Mae Classic, which benefits the Warriors Community Foundation, had players and celebrities come to put their skills to the test.
The back to back champion made his second appearance at the event and finished eight shots behind the leaders in the first day of play Thursday afternoon.
In the second day of the Classic, Steph didn't have quite as much luck. For the tournament, Curry missed the cut by 21 strokes after tallying 16-over 86 in the second round. Although Curry missed the cut on the fairway, he still had plenty of highlights and fun moments. Check out some of the best moments from the Ellie Mae Classic below.
Steph brought out some moves familiar to #DubNation, including a quick shimmy and some deep shots from Curry-range.
Steph brought the shimmy to the Ellie Mae Classic pic.twitter.com/M6WNNTw1VX— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) August 10, 2018
Curry tied for 109th, after posting three birdies in a six-hole stretch and hitting the pin on hole 8.
Steph shot 38 on the front 9 and finished two under 33 on the back 9, finding himself with a personal best.
At the end of the day, Steph was found on the range – practicing in order to move within the cut line and on to the next round.
Always on the grind.— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) August 9, 2018
Following an opening-round 71 @elliemaeclassic @TPCStonebrae, @warriors guard @StephenCurry30 headed for the range, as he eyes a Friday move inside the cut line. pic.twitter.com/xy6bD2pcNk
Curry had several impressive shots in the second round, including this hit that nearly dropped.
Steph told reporters, "I was still nervous, had the same jitters on the first tee [as a year ago]. This time it took me to hole eight or nine to get comfortable. You can't simulate that pressure standing over eight-, 10-foot putts. But once you get in a groove, great things happen." Curry posted a pair of birdies on his back nine, however it was not enough to make the cut and his time at Ellie Mae came to a close.
After a solid showing, Steph proved he is capable to hanging with the pro's. The back-to-back champion now turns his head toward the season, with opening night coming on October 16th.