CURTIS Luck’s 2016 season was one of the greatest calendar years in the history of Australian amateur golf.
The uber talented 20-year-old from Cottesloe Golf Club in Perth won the biggest team and individual amateur events in the world and the professional WA Open in May to lock in playing rights on the PGA Tour of Australasia until the end of 2018.
But Luck has bigger fish to fry in 2017 than the local circuit.
In August, he reached the pinnacle of the amateur game when he became just the third Australian to win the US Amateur Championship, a feat which earned him starts in the 2017 Masters, US Open and Open Championship.
THE WEEK IN GOLF: CURTIS LUCK ON HIS US AMATEUR WIN
Luck defeated American Brad Dalke 6&4 in the US Amateur’s 36-hole decider at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan.
One down through 19 holes, Luck proceeded to win eight consecutive holes from the 20th to the 27th.
"Everyone dreams of playing the US Open, Masters and British Open. Every time I think of it, I get this big grin on my face and I can't seem to wipe it off," Luck told Golf Link only a few days after his history-making victory.
With the Western Australian’s confidence sky-high, he went to Mexico in September for the World Amateur Teams Championship (the Eisenhower Trophy) and teamed with New South Welshmen Harrison Endycott and Cameron Davis (individual winner) for a commanding 19-shot victory after equalling the event’s scoring record with a 38-under-par total of 534.
In October, Luck won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in South Korea, earning an invite to Augusta that he already had.
Luck is a big-time player and he received a big-time grouping at November's Australian Open alongside Jordan Spieth and Geoff Ogilvy on Thursday and Friday.
Ogilvy later commented on how unfazed his youthful playing partner appeared despite the level of attention that was on their rockstar three-ball at Royal Sydney.
Luck's unflappable demeanor will serve him well when he arrives at Augusta in April.
THE WEEK IN GOLF: CURTIS LUCK