ELLIE MAE CLASSIC: Curry bogeys twice drops shots in sixth and eighth holes to go four over 74

HAYWARD, CA – AUGUST 03: Trying to look over a mound on the left side of the fairway, Stephen Curry prepares for his second shot on his first hole during the first round of the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, CA on Thursday, August 03, 2017. (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

By Jeremy Harness

HAYWARD–Well, at least Steph Curry doesn’t have to go home having to worry about making a living as a professional golfer. He’s pretty good at the job that he has right now.

 A month and a half removed from winning his second NBA title in three years with the Warriors, the sharpshooter tried his hand at professional golf and, even though he came up plenty short of advancing into the weekend, he proved plenty of doubters wrong in the process.

 Starting on the 10th hole again on Friday, Curry got off to a nice start in parring the first four holes before recording a birdie at the 14th. He then sandwiched another birdie with two bogeys to finish his first nine at even-par for the round.

 However, things began to fall apart for him on the second nine. He bogeyed the second and third holes and then dropped a shot at the sixth and eighth holes to wrap up his round with a four-over 74.

 The two-time NBA MVP missed the cut by 11 shots, but by all accounts, he did very well given the odds he was facing and the amount of experience he was giving up to the rest of the field.

 Curry isn’t the first athlete from another sport to try and make his mark on the golf world at this event. Seven years ago, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, an avid golfer in his own right, did not fare nearly as well.

 Rice struggled out of the gate with an opening-round of 83 before rebounding with a 76 the next day and, like Curry, missed the cut by a wide margin in what was called the Fresh Express Classic at the time.

 As for the rest of the field that made the cut, which was at three-under, they are all looking up at Andrew Yun at this point. The Stanford grad shot a 65 on Thursday to keep within striking distance and then fired an eight-under 62 in Friday’s second round to take the lead by two shots.

 Yun dropped a shot on his ninth hole after making two birdies on his first nine but really caught fire on his second nine. He went seven-under on that particular nine including a pair of eagles on both of the par-fives to go along with three birdies.

 Two shots behind him is Bay Area native Brandon Harkins, who carded a 65 after shooting a six-under 64 in the first round. He has plenty of company, too, as there is a seven-way tie for third at 10-under.

 

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