Stephen Curry fights early jitters before respectable round at event

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Stephen Curry fights early jitters at event

Stephen Curry fights early jitters at event

Warriors superstar and Tour temp Stephen Curry battled early nerves and waywardness off the tee before salvaging a respectable first round Thursday at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif.

Curry, a 2-handicap playing on a sponsor's exemption, said earlier in the week he had two goals: to make the cut and "just have fun."

It appeared he was accomplishing the latter, evidenced by his increasingly loose nature as the round unfolded on the way to a 4-over 74.

But making the cut may be another matter. He was 3 over five holes into his opening round, only one stroke out of last in the field, before rallying to play the last four holes of his front nine in 1 under and make the turn at 2 over.

Before a larger than usual crowd, many clad in Warriors apparel, Curry started on the No. 10 tee.

He pulled his opening tee shot left, where it came to rest in the cup-holder of a golf cart. He scrambled for a bogey and a couple of pars later was laughing and joking with playing partners Stephen Jaeger and Sam Ryder, noted .

After back-to-back bogeys took him to plus-3, he finally hit a green in regulation on his sixth hole, flipping a wedge to 6 feet on the par-5 15th and rolling in the putt for birdie to get back to 2-over a third of the way through his round. After sinking the putt, he looked skyward, arms spread, as if in thanks and then shoulder-bumped his caddie.

Curry showed some resilience as he got comfortable, following a bogey at No. 2 with a birdie on the following hole, then picking up his final birdie of the round on No. 6 after posting a double bogey at the par-4 fifth.

A bogey on the last wasn't the ideal way to end his day, but Curry was already looking ahead to Friday's second round.

"I want to play better tomorrow," he told reporters. "Now that I got the jitters out, hopefully that’ll happen."