HAYWARD (CBS SF) — There’s no denying Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry’s abilities from long-range on the a basketball court, but who knew just how good his short game was on the golf links.

Curry displayed those skills Thursday during the opening round of the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic. He fired a respectable 4-over-par 74, picking up birdies on a pair of Par-5s and saving par with numerous long putts.

While making the cut after Friday’s second round is likely out of reach, Curry is living out one of his childhood fantasies as a sponsor exemption player in the field and turning the table on many doubters who posted on social media.

Curry’s outspoken wife, Ayesha, took to twitter late Thursday to defend the two-time NBA MVP.

“Word of the day! A person should never be subjected to being just one thing! #noceilings live your dreams! Believe in YOURSELF, always,” she tweeted to the legion of Steph doubters.

NBA star Kenny Bazemore also came to Steph’s defense.

As did Curry himself.

Curry, who finished 3rd last month at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, tees off in the second round at 2:15 p.m. PDT on Friday.

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