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HAYWARD – Warriors guard Stephen Curry shot an 86 Friday afternoon in the second round of the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae.
With the finish, Curry, who finished 17-over par for the tournament, was eliminated from contention after failing to reach the top 65 after two rounds.
“That’s how golf goes,” Curry said. “One day you have it, and one day you completely lose it and have no idea what you’re doing.”
Curry’s inconsistent play in the tournament continued Friday afternoon. While Curry was able to recover from a subpar start Thursday, he never recovered from a similar effort Friday afternoon. The five-time all-star, who finished last in the field, bogeyed his second hole, then followed it up by shooting two tee-shots out of bounds on the par-5 3rd hole. Following the second shot, the large contingent of fans searched through the dry grass for the ball to no avail.
“Nothing clicked,” Curry said. “Especially off the tee. When you can’t get off the tee in a professional tournament like this, you’re fighting an uphill battle.”
Curry’s bad start was only the beginning of is problems on the green. Following his snafu on the 3rd hole, Curry bogeyed on the par-4 fifth hole, and lost another ball out of bounds on the par-4 seventh hole, leading Curry and course officials to search for the ball again on the hilly course, as he finished the hole with a triple bogey. Following an errant shot on the ninth hole, Curry had to take another ball drop, before recovering for par. The three-time champion didn’t hit his first bogey until his tenth hole. Curry birdied again on the 14th hole before double bogeying on 16th and a bogey on the last hole.
“It was a tough pill to swallow,” Curry said. “Because I had nothing but great experiences out here, whether I had good shots or not, I found a way to work my way around the course a little and score. But when you have shots that are flying and there’s no chance of them staying on the course, that’s where it gets a little confusing.”
Making Curry’s performance Friday all the more disappointing was what the guard tried to do to avoid it. Following his 1-over par performance Thursday afternoon, Curry went to the pudding green of the Hayward course and practiced his short game for about 45 minutes. The persistence didn’t pay off Friday, as he finished with four bogeys in the second round.
With the performance, Curry finished near the bottom of the tournament in notable categories, including driving accuracy (tied for 140th) and scrambling (154th).
Curry’s bad outing was his first in his time in the tourney. Last year, after facing skepticism on if he could play with pros, Curry churned out two rounds of 74, a solid performance for an amateur. On Thursday, he did better, shooting a 71, giving him an outside shot at making the cut.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports