It feels a tiny bit disingenuous to have such a negative headline, given that Stephen Curry is a professional basketball player first and foremost, and an amateur golfer. But still, there’s no avoiding the sad reality: Curry struggled mightily on day two of the Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament, and finished in last place.
After finishing the first day of the professional tournament at one-over par, Curry had a bogey-filled day two, in which he shot 16-over par. Despite the strong first day, the two-time NBA MVP finished +17 overall, which was a bit worse than his showing last year.
Logan Murdock of The Mercury News reported that Curry called his performance “A tough pill to swallow,” and explained it by saying, “That’s how golf goes. One day you have it, and one day you completely lose it and have no idea what you’re doing.”
Make no mistake: While Curry may have finished last in the tournament, his score is still remarkable. This was, after all, a professional tournament. That Curry, who has an incredibly time-demanding job as a basketball player (not to mention his family life, philanthropy, and marketing) can hang with the pros is nothing short of mind-boggling.
All you need to do is listen to his teammates and fellow golf enthusiasts Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson talk about Curry to realize that he’s more than just a good amateur. He’s a player who could clearly be a professional in a short amount of time if he made that his goal.
And while the tournament didn’t end well for Curry, he still provided some fun highlights.
Plus, the lighting at the event made for some pretty incredible pictures of Curry:
I, for one, look forward to Curry’s future in golf after he retires. Just please don’t let that be any time soon.