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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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Patrick Reed recounts meeting wife Justine after being ghosted by her sister

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Patrick Reed and his wife Justine are one of the more prominent couples on the PGA Tour, with his wife previously caddying for her man on the tour.

But the story of how the two met may surprise you, with Reed recounting the interesting story in a recent Q&A with Golf Digest.

It all began with a date with Justine’s sister, which ended abruptly after Patrick found himself quickly ghosted (a personal relationship ended without communication or explanation).

“I was a freshman at the University of Georgia, and her younger sister, Kris, was at LSU. Kris came to visit, and we went on one date, and I texted her to confirm she’d made it back home safe. No response.

So I reached out to Justine on Facebook, who confirmed her sister was back and got frank with me about why it was probably not going to work out. So I start talking with Justine, who I discovered is this incredibly driven person who was pursuing dual degrees while working to become a nurse.

We kept talking as a couple of years went by; then we started dating. Best decision of my life.”

 

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All is well that ends well for Patrick and Justine, with the two being married since 2012.

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Phil Mickelson: Joining Premier Golf League would be a ‘selfless act’

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Earlier this week, we saw the revival of the Premier Golf League, with several top pros reportedly offered in the region of $30-$50 million to join the breakaway tour.

One of those men who has received an offer is Phil Mickelson, and the 50-year-old has been speaking on the breakaway tour, which could begin as early as 2022, with Lefty describing the prospect as “very interesting”.

“It’s interesting. I think it’s very interesting. What’s interesting is the players would be giving up control of their schedule and then compete against each other 14 times or 15 times or whatever the final number is.”

The multiple major champion went as far as saying that joining the Saudi backed tour would be a “selfless act”, as players would be giving up the freedom of picking their schedule for the full benefit of the sport.

“We all make a lot of money and do very well and we control our own schedule and I don’t know if guys would be willing to do that. I think it would be a selfless act. Even though their schedules are being appreciated financially, it would take a lot to give up control of that even though the entire sport would benefit.

Even though the fans would love it and get to see the best guys play more often and there would be global events. Imagine all the best players having to go global what that would do for the game.”

The comments are on the other end of the scale to Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas who both spoke about the proposed tour this week, with the former describing it as a “money grab”. JT similarly emphasized his desire to remain on the PGA Tour, stating that his ambition is to win majors.

The proposed league would feature a Formula 1 style format, with 40-48 players playing an 18-event schedule in tournaments worldwide for lucrative purses culminating with a season-ending team championship.

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Brad Faxon reveals his top 10 putters of all time (with one staggering inclusion)

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Eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, Brad Faxon has revealed his top 10 putters of all time in a post sure to provoke some strong opinions.

Faxon is widely considered to be one of the best putters to play the game and has turned his hand to helping pros on the greens in recent times – all of which make his list even more compelling.

The 59-year-old revealed his top 10 (and those who just missed out) on social media with the caption ‘Hope this doesn’t get me in trouble…’, with the most stunning inclusion being Rory McIlroy at number 10.

1.Tiger Woods – ‘Made every putt he had to’

2. Ben Crenshaw – ‘Looked the best doing it’

3. Seve Ballesteros – ‘Looked second best to Ben’

4. Tom Watson – ‘Who can forget ’82 at Pebble?’

5. Bobby Locke – ‘Loved to hook ’em in’

6. Jack Nicklaus – ‘Hope this doesn’t insult him’

7. Jose Maria Olazabal – ‘So intense and simple’

8. Billy Casper – ‘A lot like Locke’

9. Bobby Jones – ’13 majors!!’

10. Rory McIlroy – ‘Call me crazy’

Runners up: Langer, P. Thomson, Player, Donald Roberts, Hogan Kite, Day, Pavin, Stockton.

It’s worth noting that McIlroy and Faxon have a working relationship together, which likely aids the Ulsterman here. McIlroy has finished 97th or worse for Strokes Gained: Putting in 4 of the past 5 years.

Other notables missing from the list include Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker, while Inbee Park would surely have received a mention had the list included LPGA stars.

What do you think of Faxon’s picks, WRXers? Let us know who you would include in the comments!

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