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Curtis Luck finds his PGA Tour feet

Luck makes a hot start in the Desert (Photo: Henry Peters)
Since securing his PGA Tour card for the first time in September, it has been a tough initiation for West Australian Curtis Luck having missed four of five cuts and finished 50th in his other start.

Today, however, in the opening round of the Desert Classic, he gave evidence of the class of game he possesses.

Luck recorded a round of eight under 64 at the La Quinta Country Club and although four shots behind the leader Phil Mickelson he is tied for second place with American Adam Long.

Luck earned the right to play the PGA Tour via the Web.Com Tour Finals but the transition to the PGA Tour has not been a smooth as many thought it might be for the talented former US Amateur Champion.

His effort today is perhaps a better reflection on the quality of player Luck is generally thought to be and his near faultless round has him nicely placed as he heads into round two where he will play the Nicklaus Tournament Course, one of three used in this pro-am formatted event.

A massive 116 of the 156 player field broke par in the cool calm conditions but the focus of attention was on Mickelson who moved to 11 under par with two to play and a sub 60 round was under threat.

Mickelson would only par the 17th and needing to hole his approach at the 18th he finished 10 feet from the hole which he made to finish with 12 under 60.

Cameron Davis is another successful Australian amateur to be playing his rookie season on the PGA Tour and he too has started well with a round of 5 under par 67 to be tied for 18th, Aaron Baddeley, Matt Jones and John Senden had 71 and Rod Pampling 75.

  

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