Ellie Mae Classic: Basketball star Stephen Curry misses cut in Nevada

Stephen Curry missed the cut Friday at the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic after shooting consecutive 4-over 74s.

Most expected Curry to struggle badly, but he shot a four-over-par round - better than 13 players in the field - before taking to Twitter afterwards to address a tweet made by pro Steve Wheatcroft ahead of his round.

"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".

Curry, who finished 3rd last month at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, tees off in the second round at 11:15 a.m. PDT on Friday. "I don't usually do that, but I felt for golf, it was cool to kind of hear the chatter that was going on".

That prompted Curry to tap his club against one of his shoes, and to hold up the ball with a big grin on his face.

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

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His worst hole was a double-bogey on No. 5, but then he birdied the par-3 No. 6.

Curry began his round on the back nine and was 2-over 37 at the turn, where he eagerly accepted a bag of fast food chicken for lunch.

Curry also bettered American Frank Lickliter, 48, victor of two PGA Tour events.

Curry's participation in the event has prompted some criticism from those claiming he was blocking the opportunity of other professional golfers.

British Open Jordan Spieth said: "I think he certainly beat most everybody's expectations, but I don't think that really surprised him". It was almost impossible for him to lose a ball. Those with homes along the course gathered in groups on decks to catch a hole. Curry will return to his day job of "NBA superstar" and clear the way for these fine pros to do what they do best this weekend.

  • Lawrence Cooper