On Thursday, Stephen Curry didn’t make the cut at the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic. Many people expected the Golden State Warrior star to fall after a solid 74, but he wasn’t even close. Curry recorded a four-over 74 in his second round this Friday, which put him 11 shots above the cut line. The player went into the clubhouse in a tie for 148th place, placing him ahead of six pros. Curry finished third, among the four amateurs in this field. The key to Curry’s success was finding a way to atone his mistakes but he finished the round with 10 pars against six bogeys and two birdies and overcame a hard start to finish strong.
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Curry dropped a pair of strokes with bogeys on Nos. 2 and 3 and made the turn at 39 after two bogeys on Nos. 6 and 8. These results put him at eight over for the event and left the gallery who had been following him in the first two rounds. But as in his basketball career, Curry had a rough start, as he narrowly missed a birdie on No. 11 as part of a four-hole stretch of pars to start the back nine and then got a birdie at No. 14. He dropped a shot on the par-three 16th after a missed shot, but he answered with a red number on 17. The tournament for Curry finished with a disappointing bogey on the par-four 18th.
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His debut amid a ton of pressure, as he was someone with no professional golf experience. It’s hard to say he was anything but great. A pair rounds in the 70s is better than many experienced golfers. Veteran golfer Dawie van der Walt told ESPN he would eat his own golf bag if Curry broke 80 for the second day. Curry not only break 80 once, he kept calm even in the poor rounds and wound up matching his score.