Curry - a 2-time NBA Most Valuable Player touted by many as basketball's greatest shooter of all-time - fired an opening 1 over 71 at TPC Stonebrae in the Ellie Mae Classic.
While it left him outside the top 100, Curry stood ahead of a host of players including Australians Rhein Gibson and Brett Drewitt.
Teeing off the 10th, Curry bogeyed the 13th, 15th and 16th holes and gave no indication of anything special when he bogeyed his 11th hole to drop to 4 over.
But the Golden State Warriors icon surged home with birdies at the 3rd, 7th and 8th holes, signed for a 71 which still left him with a slim chance of making the cut.
Curry made his tour debut as an amateur at the same event last year and posted rounds of 74-74 to exceed the expectations of most.
But the 30-year-old's performance in the opening round may have gone well beyond what he anticipated.
"Awesome day," Curry said at his post-round press conference.
"I obviously came in with some high expectations based on how I played last year. We just wanted to play better."
"I got a little rattled on that front nine.
"A couple of three-putts and I was able to right the ship from there. I think I hit every green on the back almost and gave myself plenty of opportunities which is pretty cool.
"I had probably 6 birdie putts that were all great looks, they just didn't go in."
"One thing I didn't lose was confidence and I made a couple and hopefully tomorrow I'll make a little bit more."
Curry's form deserted him in the second round as he struggled to an 86 to finish in last place.
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