NBA star Stephen Curry shoots respectable score in opening round of Ellie Mae Classic

NBA star Stephen Curry shoots respectable score in opening round of Ellie Mae Classic

Basketball star Stephen Curry played a solid opening round at the Ellie Mae Classic on Thursday.

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

After a round which included three birdies, five bogeys and one double bogey at TPC San Francisco Bay, the 29-year-old told reporters afterwards: "It was an amazing experience.

"I've been looking forward to this and to finally hit my first shot in tournament play was a really, really nervous moment - but it was everything I hoped for.

"As soon as he said my name on the first tee I could barely feel my hands, I had to try to take a deep breath. I don't think I could prepare myself for that moment but after the third or fourth hole it was golf as normal, just try to hit some good shots.

"If you told me I was going to shoot 74 going into the first round, I would take that all day, every day.

"I'm happy with it. Obviously as a competitor, you feel like you can always play better. So hopefully I can do that tomorrow."

Fellow American Nicholas Thompson was top of the leaderboard at the end of the first round, on seven under par.

More in this Section

Gosling nets late winner as Bournemouth end losing streak with Chelsea scalpGosling nets late winner as Bournemouth end losing streak with Chelsea scalp

Stubborn Norwich stop in-form Leicester from extending winning streakStubborn Norwich stop in-form Leicester from extending winning streak

Fleck hits the spot as Sheffield United see off Aston VillaFleck hits the spot as Sheffield United see off Aston Villa

Wood on target for Burnley against patched-up NewcastleWood on target for Burnley against patched-up Newcastle


Lifestyle

Want to be cultured this Christmas? From TV to podcasts to books, Ed Power has the definite list of everything you missed this year - so you can curl up on the couch and catch upThe definite list of everything you missed this year

Artist Ciara Rodgers teaches older people how to rediscover their creativity and regain confidence, says Rowena WalshBrush with art: Discovering your creative side in later life

Furniture, paintings, jewellery and silver are on offer at James Adam in Dublin, writes Des O’SullivanAll set for home run: See what's on offer at the James Adam sale in Dublin

It’s not too late to hunt out a unique gift. Des O’Sullivan previews sales in the lead-up to the festive seasonA flurry of auctions in Munster sets the scene for Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner