That wasn't sufficient for the Golden State Warriors player to qualify for the latter two days of the tournament after finishing 11 shots above the cut-line, yet he still pipped six professionals in the field.
'To shoot two 74s, I'll take that.
After announcing his involvement in the tournament wearing a hat adorned with the words "I can do all things", Curry's professional golf debut certainly went some way to proving it.
But he showed plenty of promise with birdies on two of the par fives and a two on the par-3 sixth hole.
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"I wanted to shoot a couple, few strokes less than I did, but for the most part, when you don't really know what to expect going in, it's hard to really set expectations", Curry told the media after his round.
"Unbelievable gallery out here", Curry said.
Unfortunately for van der Walt, he'll be eating his words, and apparently his own golf bag, after Curry's 74.
"I hit some really good shots but a lot more poor shots", he said. "So I think he just closed the club face and took a smack at it and he did it". He was then able to settle his nerves and make a birdie on the par-five 15th on his way to a front nine score of 37. "As soon as they said my name on the first tee, that's when I could barely feel my hands", he said. "Obviously as a competitor you can always play better, so hopefully I can do that tomorrow".
Asked if he would "pull a Michael [Jordan]" and leave basketball for another sport, a smiling Curry replied: "I will be suiting up for the Warriors next year".