Stephen Curry’s debut in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event included several predictable happenings Thursday. He drew a large contingent of fans wearing No. 30 Warriors jerseys, and he sometimes struggled to keep his shots in play.

But the same extraordinary hand-eye coordination that makes Curry a dynamic basketball player also surfaced on the golf course. He shot a respectable 74, including three birdies, in the opening round of the Ellie Mae Classic, a Web.com Tour event in Hayward.

 Put it this way: Curry beat Sam Ryder, one of the players in his group, by one stroke. Ryder is no slouch, either. He stands No. 2 on the tour’s money list, won his last start by eight shots and played in the U.S. Open in June.

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And there he was, posting a higher number than a man known for making three-point shots, not birdie putts.

“Steph kind of just hung tough,” Ryder said. “He never seemed to let the little stuff bother him.”

Tournament officials invited Curry to play on a sponsor exemption, hoping his popularity would raise the profile of this typically under-the-radar event. They issued more than 175 media credentials, compared with fewer than 20 last year.

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Source: http://www.sfchronicle.com

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