Offbeat Curry staggers to 86, misses cut at Web.com event
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Many of his tee shots sailed far, far, far to the right, and sometimes strangely to the left. He made 9 on one hole and 7 on two others. He spent more time searching for golf balls than hitting them.
Golf exposed Curry as eminently human, after all.
The Warriors’ All-Star point guard shot 16-over-par 86 in the second round of the Web.com Tour event in Hayward, leaving him at 17-over for the tournament. Curry not only missed the cut by a country mile, he finished dead last (by a wide margin) among the 154 players who completed 36 holes.
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But he also expected to play much better than he did Friday. It was the golfing equivalent of clanging three-point shots off the rim, and we all know Curry seldom does that.
“I couldn’t hit a driver to save my life,” he said. “That’s how golf goes, at least in the amateur world. One day you have it and the next day you completely lose it.”
Curry lost it, most vividly, on No. 3, a 625-yard par-5. His group had a long wait on the tee, and Curry then pumped two drives out of bounds to the right, with room to spare.
That led to a quadruple-bogey 9 and quickly erased his ambitions of advancing to the weekend.
“I knew what those two bad swings meant in terms of me trying to chase the cut,” Curry said. “That’s a tough feeling, especially that early in the round. … It was a long walk, that 600-yard hole.”
One of his few proud moments, amusingly enough, occurred without a club in hand. Martin Trainer, one of the tour pros in Curry’s group, couldn’t find his second shot on No. 8, after the ball plugged into the scruffy hillside above a greenside bunker.
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After a long search involving all three players, all three caddies and at least one rules official, Curry found the ball. He responded by wryly saying, “Hey, I did something good today.”
His struggles offered a reminder: Golf is hard. One or two bad shots can lead to a big number, and one or two bad holes can ruin a round. It often unravels quickly, as it did for Curry on Friday.
One day earlier, he rallied to shoot 1-over 71 in the first round. So he arrived at TPC Stonebrae with faint hope of making the cut. His parents, Dell and Sonya, joined the gallery.
The optimistic vibes didn’t last long. Curry made bogey on No. 2 and then the quadruple-bogey on No. 3. He made another bogey on No. 5, triple-bogey on No. 7 (another lost tee shot to the right) and one more triple-bogey on No. 11.
Curry’s biggest problem, again, was his wildness off the tee. He hits the ball as far as many tour pros (300-plus yards), and his crazy-good hands give him a reliable short game (logical for one of the NBA’s best ballhandlers).
But, like many hobby golfers, he often doesn’t know where his tee shots are going. Put another way: Curry hits wicked slices just like the rest of us.
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So when he finally connected on a straight-as-an-arrow drive on No. 9, he responded in mock triumph — raising his arms as the crowd cheered.
Friday’s implosion offered a striking contrast to Curry’s earlier journeys around Stonebrae: 74-74 last year and then Thursday’s 71.
“I’m really proud of my first three rounds in this tournament,” Curry said. “And I’ll have a short memory on this one if I come back next year.”
Asked if he expects to return in 2019, he said, “If the calendar is open, hopefully I can get back out here for sure.”
Briefly: Alex Prugh, a 33-year-old with one career Web.com win, shot 60 to reach 16-under. Prugh took a two-stroke lead over Josh Teater (62) heading to the weekend. ... Stanford alum Joseph Bramlett posted 65 and stands at 8-under, tied for 13th. The group at 7-under includes Maverick McNealy (Stanford) and Cal alums Brandon Hagy and Max Homa. … Curry announced he will donate $25,000 to Web.com Tour member Scott Harrington, whose wife, Jenn, recently was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma for the second time.
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