A detail shot of Stephen Curry's golf bag with embossed NBA Championship trophies during round one of the Ellie Mae Classic at TCP Stonebrae on August 3, 2017 in Hayward, California.
Curry had a rough start Friday, posting bogeys on four of the first eight holes, but settled down to par the next five before getting up and down out of a bunker for birdie on No. 14. Brandon Harkins in one behind after a 65.
Former PGA champion Jason Day added: "To be honest, I think it's pretty special for a two-time MVP to be able to shoot 74 at a pro event and beat other pros".
Lower won the day on the golf course as well, as he shot an impressive 69 to Curry's 74. "I've been looking forward to this ever since I found out and to finally hit my first shot in tournament play was a really, really nervous moment, but it was everything I hoped for".
Steph Curry shoots 74-74 in Web Tour debut.
"I was asked if I thought he was going to break 80, and that's the hand grenade question", Paul Casey said.
Not much was expected of Curry, who past year played in the pro-am at the PGA Tour's season opener in Napa.
'To shoot two 74s, I'll take that. He did finish ahead of four players, including five-time Web.com Tour victor Matthew Goggin, and Colt McNealy, incoming Stanford freshman and younger brother of the No. 2-ranked amateur in the world, Maverick McNealy. "But 4 over is really good". The score in the first round was enough to make a believer out of Johnson.
"I think he showed a lot of people that didn't know a lot about his golf game - I unfortunately know it all too well - that he's got the talent", he said.
"There may be a couple of athletes on the PGA Tour, maybe Dustin Johnson or Gary Woodland, who could look athletic on a basketball court, but they aren't going to play to the level that he did as a golfer". My dad has been paralyzed neck down since I was 10, and this was the 3rd golf tournament he has watched me play since his illness.