The World Number One amateur golfer until turning professional immediately after debuting at The Masters where he performed well by making the cut, Luck now sets out on the next phase of his career after securing an invite to the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
Luck is entitled to a total of seven invites to PGA Tour events as a professional, the two he has already played to date as an amateur not counting towards that total.
Luck has completed one of the most successful amateur careers in Australian golf winning the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Tier 2 West Australian Open, the US and Asia Pacific Amateur titles and being a member of the successful Australian World Amateur Team Championship (Eisenhower Trophy) winning side in Mexico, all four titles coming within five months of each other in 2016.
Luck - the US Amateur Champion - photo USGA
Luck has played two events on the PGA Tour to date, missing the cut when playing on invite at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and then performing with distinction at Augusta National as he said goodbye to the unpaid ranks.
Luck has also played well in other professional events, finishing runner-up in the 2015 West Australian Open in his home state, finishing 5th in a Japan Tour event in 2016, making the cut in the two events he played on the European Tour’s Middle East swing earlier this year and finishing 11th at last November’s Australian Open.
Luck led the amateurs when 11th at the 2016 Aust Open
With the further experience of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Masters now behind him he will be a clearly a more seasoned and tournament hardened golfer when he tees it up at the Greg Norman designed AT&T Oaks in San Antonio on Thursday.
Most believe Luck has the game, creative genius and mindset to succeed at the highest level and so Australian and golfing fans generally will watch his immediate and long term progress with interest.
Luck will have the company of eight other Australians in the event with Aaron Baddeley, former winner, Steve Bowditch, Greg Chalmers, Brett Drewitt, Matt Jones, Cameron Percy, Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden and Cameron Smith all scheduled to line up in a tournament that has seen Australians Steven Bowditch and Adam Scott win in recent years.