After two birdies to complete his round yesterday, Luck raced through the front nine in 30 today to set up a round of 66 and although the momentum slowed over his final nine holes his start in the event is an encouraging change of fortune for the former US and Asia Pacific Amateur Champion.
Having missed four of his last five cuts and with little to show other than experience for his first season as a PGA Tour cardholder, Luck needed to get things moving in the right direction if he was to improve on his current 160th position in the FedEx Cup standing.
Luck bogeyed his final hole today but he is tied for 7th and although five shots from leader, Bryson DeChambeau, he is just one shot out of 3rd place as the event heads into the weekend.
In the end, his bogey at the last was a good one after finding the water with his approach and then pitching close from 50 yards or so to save bogey and stay within touch.
Luck is the leading Australian by some margin but there was drama amongst the others with Cameron Davis taking triple bogey at his final hole to allow Jason Day and Rod Pampling to sneak into the weekend field and, agonisingly, for Davis to miss the cut.
Day also had his own struggles during his round, a triple bogey of his own at the 10th threatening his chances of making the final 36 holes.
He would, however, birdie his final three holes to eventually make it on the number after Davis' disastrous finish opened the door for many outside the cutline into the weekend.
The leader, DeChambeau, has not been at the peak he was at earlier in the year but a better week in Hartford two weeks ago suggested things might improve and that was the case.
His round of 62 today swept him to a two-shot lead over Canadian Adam Hadwin with another two shots back to a group of four in 3rd place.
De Chambeau has already won five titles in his still relatively young PGA Tour career and the manner in which he played today suggests he might well make it another this week.
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