While Curry isn't expecting to win, one of his goals is to make the cut after the first two rounds.
"The cut would be—if I can just give myself a chance, like go into Friday with a realistic chance to make it—that would be amazing," he said, per ESPN.com. "I want to know what that adrenaline rush is like, because for me, that would be like winning the tourney."
The two-time NBA MVP apparently has a two-handicap on the links and earned a sponsor's exemption to play at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, California.
He showcased his skill in July at the American Century Championship when he finished fourth in the celebrity pro-am. He ended his round with an eagle on the par-five 18th hole.
Despite the past success, oddsmakers aren't expecting much from Curry. According to Ben Fawkes of ESPN, his odds of winning the tournament are 3,000-1, while the odds of making the cut are 15-1.
While he wants to play well, he knows what he is up against.
"These guys dedicate their life to the game and are grinding every week to make it to the PGA Tour, so I understand how hard it is out here," he explained. "Myself as a casual professional golfer in my head, not in real life, I just want to have fun, make some birdies."
Curry will tee off Thursday at 11:55 a.m. ET alongside Sam Ryder and Stephan Jaeger.