Playing Augusta National lived up to the hype for Stephen Curry, even if he wasn't happy with his score.
"I'd never been there before, so it was a real treat," Curry told reporters in Miami on Wednesday before the Warriors-Heat game. "I'm not going to tell you what I shot, but that was a bucket-list kind of day. I'm a golf fanatic, so to say I played at Augusta is pretty cool."
Also pretty cool? Birdieing the course's tough opening hole. But then. . .
"You birdie the first hole, it can only go downhill from there," said the reigning NBA MVP, who has a handicap around 1. "That's exactly what happened."
Curry was part of a group with Golden State Warriors ties that played the storied course on Tuesday. The dream outing at the site of the Masters originated last year when head coach Steve Kerr promised Curry and fellow avid golfer Andre Iguodala that he'd get them on Augusta National if the team won the NBA title. After the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year's NBA Finals, Kerr came through.
"One of my best friends is a member at Augusta and he's taken me there a couple times," Kerr said. "Steph and Andre are such avid golfers, so I told them -- obviously, I asked my friend first, and he said 'Yeah, let's do it' -- that if we win the whole thing, you go to Augusta."
The Warriors played in Atlanta on Monday night, and a group that also included Curry's father, Dell, and NBA legend Jerry West stayed behind to play. Now, it's back to work. Although as the first NBA team to ever start a season with a 50-5 record, there's not much heavy lifting for Curry and Co. to do until the playoffs start -- the week after the Masters.