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Steph Curry did anything but embarrass himself in Web.com Tour debut

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Vegas set the over/under on Steph Curry’s opening round at the Ellie Mae Classic at 76.5.

And Curry didn’t sound like the confident man who’s perennially ready to hoist a 3-pointer from any distance in his post-practice round press conference yesterday.

But when he stepped inside the ropes as a competitor, the Golden State Warriors point guard was very much the man who does things like this

Which is really impressive, considering this post-round quote:

“As soon as he said my name on the first tee, I couldn’t feel anything. After about four holes I settled down.”

So, if you bet the over, you can’t be blamed. Curry, however, had other plans for his debut, getting around par-70 TPC Stonebrae in 74 strokes.

After starting off with a bogey (and a tee shot that landed in a golf cart cup holder), Curry played his remaining 17 holes in a respectable three over. That’s pretty damn good.

The highlight was a curling birdie putt at the par-3 sixth hole (his 15th of the day). Jordan Spieth’s fellow Under Armour sponsee celebrated with a variation on Spieth’s “go get that” Open command (per ESPN’s Michael Collins)

Curry channels Spieth. (Credit to Michael Collins)

Curry channels Spieth. (Credit to Michael Collins)

Curry plays to a 0.6 handicap, did excellent work at TPC Stonebrae, it has to be said. And while he was tied for 141st at the time he completed his round, his plus-4 round placed him four strokes off the cut-line pace and ahead of a handful of pros.

Enjoy a few highlights of No. 30’s 74, courtesy of the Web.com Tour. As you can see, Curry’s shots aren’t dripping with tour pro precision (yet), but the man is a solid scrambler and a gritty competitor.

Well played, Mr. Curry.

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  1. Joe J

    Aug 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Love it when a world class athlete like Steph sticks his neck out and showcases his talent in another arena. Former Red Sox outfielder Kenny “Hawk” Harrelson played in a PGA tour event at Pleasant Valley many years ago and shot a very respectable 68 in his first round wearing a cowboy hat and golf spikes that resembled cowboy boots. Why the heck not. Make it fun for the fans all you wannbe pros.

  2. Ben Jones

    Aug 4, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Who cares.

  3. Paul

    Aug 4, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I’m not a Steph Curry fan but have to hand it to him! Well done! One heck of an athlete!

  4. N-Da-Styxx

    Aug 4, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Ay. Did anyone have a problem when Romo was trying to qualify for the PGA……. Hmmmh????

  5. iShankEveryArticle

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Let the haters hate. Most of the duffers on this site can’t shoot 74 on their local goat track, playing from the white tees, taking mulligans and gimmes.

  6. MBA-J

    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Chef Curry! I had a feeling that he would do relatively well. I wouldn’t be surprised if he shot even par tomorrow now that he knows what to expect. Well played, SC!

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Tweets of the Week: Phil goes full Phil, Jason Day lets loose at Magic Kingdom and DJ’s lefty swing

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Francesco Molinari shot an incredible final round of 64 to seal the deal at Bay Hill, while Justin Harding claimed his maiden title on the European Tour at the Qatar Masters. Here at Tweets of the Week though, we take a look at some things you may have missed and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere over the past seven days.

No Tiger, No Party

Word certainly does get around, Brandel.

International Women’s Day

The event was Friday, and this is how Ian Poulter chose to celebrate the occasion.

Moving on…

Phil Goes Full Phil

A shot from someone’s garden with the ball on the out of bounds net and having to be played backwards? You got this Phil…

… all an elaborate excuse to show off those high kick skills really.

Jason Day Hits Up The Magic Kingdom

The Aussie was spotted at DisneyWorld following his withdrawal from the Arnold Palmer Invitational (a topic which our members have been keen to discuss on our forums)…

..and it’s fair to say that he looked as if he was enjoying himself.

Tyrrell Hatton Fumes

While Hatton made his caddie confirm that this was indeed the worst golf shot ever hit.

A Bad Hole In One?

DA Points hit this hole in one at Bay Hill, despite being unhappy with the shot.

DJ Goes Lefty

How do we rate DJ’s lefty swing, GolfWRXers?

 

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Tweets of the Week: Content Committee bloopers, Keith Mitchell’s message box, and McIlroy’s classy gesture

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Keith Mitchell held off charges from Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler to win his first event on the PGA Tour at the Honda Classic,  Kurt Kitayama took down the Oman Open, while Park Sung-Hyun triumphed at the HSBC Women’s Championship. After a week which didn’t fail in delivering both drama and controversy, here are some things you may have missed and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere over the past seven days.

Rory’s Classy Move

He may have been disappointed not to have won the WGC-Mexico last week, but this gesture from McIlroy after the final round was all class.

Rahm Goes Deep

Jon Rahm and his fiancee showing off their skills for the NFL Combine.

Content Committee Bloopers

The European Tour finally released the bloopers from the new Content Committee team. Now we just need the uncencored version…

JT vs a Tree

There was no holding back from Thomas on this shot from the opening round at the Honda Classic!

Kid Rock Hole In One

Imagine making your first ever hole in one alongside Jack Nicklaus…

Phil’s Short Game Tips

Or another excuse to get those calves out…

McGirt’s Busy Rehabilitation

Keith Mitchell’s Phone

Speaking of head spinning…

 

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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 6. Old Head Golf Links, Kinsale, Cork

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In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part Five of our Exploring Ireland Series, we travelled to Parknasilla Golf Club in Kerry. For Part Six, we’re staying down South and heading into County Cork.

Known as “The Rebel County” dating back to the days of Henry VII and also for its role in the Irish War of Independence, Cork is one of the biggest cities in Ireland, and its locals will tell you that it is indeed Cork and not Dublin which is the real capital of Ireland. Cork caters to everyone, full of history, natural beauty and ruggedness, and it also possesses one of the nicest city centers in Ireland, full of top restaurants and bars

Old Head Golf Links, Kinsale, Cork

@FairwaysFundays

While for the most part in this series we’ve been focusing on slightly lesser known courses in Ireland and keeping the purse strings a little tight, when you get to County Cork there’s one golf course that you just cannot ignore, no matter the price. Old Head Golf Links is the course in question, and in all honesty, if you haven’t heard of the course yet, then the photos will likely be enough for you to put this course on the bucket list.

Set upon 220-acres of sprawling land above the Atlantic Ocean, Old Head Golf Links offers unrivalled views of the south coast of Ireland. The rush you will feel when walking this golf course is like nothing else, and even the quickest of golfers will find themselves more than likely playing more deliberately in order to soak up every moment of their experience here! The famous Lighthouse watches over you as you make your away around the iconic grounds.

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You’ll hear the Atlantic Ocean crashing into the giant cliffs as you play, and you’ll smell the salt in the air on every shot. While that sounds fantastic, you can also expect some brutal winds from time to time, so pack the appropriate clothes and also stock up on some golf balls, as even the straightest of hitters are bound to lose a few to the deep blue sea.

The course itself features six tees, which is not just great since it caters to golfers of different standards, but it also allows for adjustments should you find yourself here on a particularly rough weather day. Those tees range from 5,413 yards to over 7,100 yards, and the course plays as a par-72 with five par-5s, eight par-4s and five par-3’s. The inconsistent wind makes matters very tricky around here, but the club does attempt to help their visitors out as much as possible by setting up the course differently daily depending on the weather forecast.

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Relatively new, work began on creating this special links course in 1993 when visionary John O’Connor together with his brother Patrick set their sights on building one of the most beautiful golf courses in Ireland. The course opened for play in 1997, and while some controversy lingers over a private golf course being situated on The Old Head of Kinsale, the links course continues to provide its visitors with a breathtaking experience.

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A visit to Old Head Golf Links does however come at a price. The course closes in Winter, and during the off-peak period (April-May, October) the green fee is around $200, while during the summer months the rate rises to $350. The course also features a top-class restaurant and a spa. It may cost an arm and a leg, but for the golfing purists out there, it will undoubtedly be worth the money.

Food & Drink – The Spaniard/The White House

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Despite going top-heavy on the golfing experience in this trip to Cork, there are some excellent bars in the village to enjoy a well-earned pint and chat about what you’ve just experienced on the course. Staying in the village of Kinsale, you have both The Spaniard Inn and The White House which provide two different, yet two equally excellent options for a fun night.

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The Spaniard Inn looks more like a little house than a pub. The thatched-roofed cottage is an old-school atmospheric pub that puts an emphasis on conversation, music and good homely meals. The pub also has a restaurant if you want to dine more formally, but the pub grub is just as tasty, and being so close to the coast makes their fish dishes a must try.

@KCSPA_FundRaise

The White House is a little different in that with its brighter look it doesn’t quite capture that homey feel, but it makes a big deal over its food, and it also provides live music. Should you visit here, then it’s well worth booking a table at their restaurant where they offer the freshest Lobsters, Oysters, Scallops etc. You name the fish, and they more than likely have it!

Where To Stay

From $275-375 a night, you can stay on-site at Old Head Golf Links in one of their suites. The price doesn’t just include the convenience of being able to sleep in before your tee-time, the suites offer impressive views of both the Ocean as well as the courses 18th green.

For a cheaper option, The White House provides rooms for around $140, and from there it’s just a 20-minute drive down to the spectacular Old Head Golf Links.

@gotoirelandus

Blarney Castle and Stone is one the most popular tourist attractions in Cork. According to folklore, those who kiss the Blarney Stone are said to receive “the gift of the gab” (translated in English: Ability to chat well about all sorts of topics!).

@kal__1211

I’d also highly recommend a visit to Cork City Gaol, which was open from 1824 until 1923. The prison was all-female from 1878 to 1920, and it’s well worth a trip if you find yourself in the Rebel County.

For history buffs, a visit to a Michael Collins attraction is a must while in Cork too. A museum for the Irish revolutionary soldier and politician who was instrumental in creating an independent Ireland lies in Clonakilty, which is a 40-minute drive west of Kinsale.

How To Get There

Kinsale is a 25-minute drive from Cork airport, and if you’re making your way here from Dublin City Center, then you can expect it to take at least three hours to get to the southern village.

 

 

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