Watch: NBA superstar Steph Curry trades hoops for golf, hits flagstick with pinpoint approach shot in PGA event

Stephen Curry rallied with three birdies to shoot a 1-over 71 today in the first round of the Tour's Ellie Mae Classic.

Making his second appearance in the event at TPC Stonebrae, the Golden State Warriors star rebounded from a bogey on the second hole with a birdie on the par-5 third . He added birdies on the par-4 seventh and eighth — hitting the flagstick on No. 8 — and closed with a par on No. 9.

Playing as an amateur, Curry was tied for 106th among the 154 finishers — eight shots behind leaders Adam Long, Seth Reeves and Samuel Del Val. Last year, Curry shot 74-74 to tie for 148th and miss the cut by 11 shots.

Playing alongside Tour winners Martin Trainer and Cameron Champ in the round that began on No. 10, Curry slightly pulled his iron off the tee into the first cut of rough, up against a sprinkler head.

"I can't play this hole without getting a ruling," he joked, referencing the opening tee shot last year that wound up in a drink cup inside a cart left of the hole.

He made par and parred the next two before stumbling with bogeys on Nos. 13, 15 and 16.

"This time, it took me until hole No. 8 or 9 to really just get comfortable, especially on the greens," Curry said.

"Again, you can't simulate that pressure standing over 10-foot putts, 5-foot putts, knowing they count, and how many of them for me were for pars early. That was a hard part to adjust to, but once you get in a groove, good things happen."

Curry made his fourth bogey at the par-3 second, then two-putted for birdie on the third. He celebrated with a lighthearted hug with caddie Jonnie West, a Warriors employee and TPC Stonebrae member.

"It took me six holes last year to get my first one and it took me 12 holes this year," Curry said. "I had to wait a little bit. It was a nice relief to see a putt go in."

He made a 10-foot birdie putt on the seventh, then hit a 9-iron from 148 yards on the eighth that ricocheted off the pin and settled 5 feet short of the hole to set up a birdie.

"Yeah, there's one of those off the face, hit it flush and it was on line," Curry said.

"I see it hit — or I hear the pin rattle — and that was a cool moment. I didn't know how close it landed. When I walked up there, literally was an inch away from dunking it. Out here I don't get many dunks."

He three-putted for par on the par-5 ninth.

"It was fun to be able to hit some decent shots early, and from there turn it into actual scoring, which was good," Curry said.

Trainer shot 69, and Champ had a 68.

"It was impressive," said Trainer, a two-time winner this year. "His game as a whole was really impressive. It really surprised me. Obviously, he's not as sharp because I don't think he plays as much as we do."

Champ won the Utah Championship last month and leads the tour in driving distance.

"It was definitely a good experience," Champ said. "Obviously, all the fans shouting his name and whatnot. It was good just to see his game, too. I was very impressed.


Ryan Fox makes bright start to PGA Championship in Missouri

Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox has made a great start to the PGA Championship in Missouri, in touch with the leaders with a first round score of -2 at the Bellerive Country Club.

Starting the day with a birdie on the opening hole, Fox would add another on the eighth to finish his front nine, blemish free.

Things would take a turn for the worse however, with bogeys on the 11th and 15th sending him back to an even par.

From there though, the Kiwi rallied, finishing the day with back-to-back birdies, coming away at an even par on the back nine.

Fox trails the current leader, Rickie Fowler of the USA (-5) by three shots heading into tomorrow's second round.

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19:  Ryan Fox of New Zealand plays his shot from the 13th tee during round one of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
Ryan Fox of New Zealand plays his shot from the 13th tee during round one of the British Open. Source: Getty



'I just thought it was right' - pro golfer donates prize money to Jarrod Lyle's family after Aussie's death

An American golfer has donated his prize money to the family of former Australian pro Jarrod Lyle after he died last night.

Bryson DeChambeau earned NZ$37,450 in prize money yesterday when he won the Long Drive Competition at the PGA Championship but decided Lyle's family needed it more after the Australian lost his long battle with leukaemia.

Jarrod Lyle in hospital with his children. Source: Facebook/Jarrod Lyle.

"It's so sad and his kids, they're suffering from it and his whole family is," DeChambeau said.

"I just thought it was the right thing to give it to them - they deserve that and they need that more than anything right now."

The family has also received donations from Tiger Woods and Spaniard Jon Rahm since Lyle opted to stop receiving treatment last week.