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Curtis Luck creeps closer to PGA Tour status in Boise

Curtis Luck on the verge of the big time (Photo: Henry Peters)
The third of four Web.Com Tour Finals is underway in Boise in Idaho, the race for final a PGA Tour cards for 2019 well and truly heating up at the Albertsons Boise Open.

The leading 25 players on the Web.Com Tour Finals money list and not otherwise exempt at the completion of next week’s Web.Com Tour Championship will be added to the leading 25 from the season long Web.Com Tour money list, all 50 earning the right to play the PGA Tour next season.

It appears as if an accumulative US$40,000 or thereabouts will be required to secure one of those 25 spots from the Finals and several Australians have enhanced their chances at the completion of round one of this week’s event.

New South Wales’ Matt Jones and Cameron Davis are already assured of adding further to Australian stocks on the PGA Tour next season, both having tied up their cards with good performances in the first two of the four event Final series but others are also now staking their claims.

West Australian Curtis Luck has opened with a round of 67 in Idaho to be in a share of 10th place, moving to 5 under par through 12 holes before a late bogey.

Luck is currently 12th in the race for one of the 25 cards and needs perhaps another $US8000 or so to be assured of earning a PGA Tour less than eighteen months after turning professional. A top 25 finish finish this week might well be enough for Luck to seal the deal. 

Rhein Gibson has struggled of late and is well off the top 25 pace as he chases a return to the PGA Tour. He has begun well this week however with a round of 68 to be tied for 15th.  

Stuart Appleby might be a nine-time PGA Tour player but in the very egalitarian nature of professional golf he must prove his worth once again. Today he has taken steps towards doing that with he too producing a round of 68 to be tied for 16th with Gibson and fellow Australians Aaron Baddeley and John Senden, who after being forced from the PGA Tour to attend to family health issues, is back chasing status again.

Brett Drewitt is the next best of the Australians and the only other under par with a round of 2 under par 69.

Joint leader, Sangmoon Bae, who was back on the PGA Tour in 2018 after nearly two years fulfilling an obligation to military training in his homeland, leads the event at 6 under along with Argentine Fabian Gomez and England’s David Skinns.

Bae, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, was forced back to the Web.Com Tour Finals after not doing enough to retain his PGA Tour playing privileges this season.

Both Bae and Gomez have won two PGA Tour titles while Skinns won earlier this year on the Web.Com Tour but was unable to secure his PGA Tour status.


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