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Curtis Luck well placed in Florida as Baddeley misses crucial cut

Luck appears on his way to the PGA Tour (Photo: Henry Peters )
Australia's Curtis Luck began the week of the Web.Com Tour Championship all but assured of PGA Tour status for the 2019 season but following his opening two rounds of the event at the Atlantic Beach Country Club in Florida his task appears now appears accomplished.

Luck added a second round of 65 to go with his opening round of 67 and at 10 under par he shares 6th place and four shots behind the leader and former US Open Champion Lucas Glover.

The volatility and permutations involved in the race for the leading twenty five places in the Finals money list, and not otherwise exempt via the regular season, suggests very little is safe and even though Luck began the Tour Championship in 16th position in that quest he still had work to do to be safe.

Four birdies in his first seven holes today when playing amongst the morning field on day two was just the start he was looking for and he was able to build on that for a round of 65 his share of 5th place.

His projected standing has not improved much but he appears to have done enough and is poised to debut on the PGA Tour as a card holder next season.  

Cameron Davis is already assured of his first PGA Tour card courtesy of a 3rd place finish in the opening event of the Finals but any progress he can make this week will assist his cause in early season starts.

Davis is one shot behind Luck in a share of 10th place after he added a round of 67 to move into contention. The highlight of his round came at the 15th where he holed a bunker shot for a birdie at the par 3.

Two of Australia’s 2016 Eisenhower Trophy winning side therefore appear to be on their way to the PGA Tour adding further to their already significant accomplishments as amateurs and now as professionals.

Davis is also the current Australian Open Champion and for both the future looks particularly bright.

NSW golfer Brett Drewitt rebounded rebounded from a horror weekend last week in Boise where a winning position through 36 holes turned into a 43rd place finish, his second round of 68 today leaving him in a share of 11th place heading into the weekend.

In order for him to return to the PGA Tour Drewitt will likely need to finish 6th alone or better this week if he is to have any chance of regaining his PGA Tour rights but he has at least kept the door open.

Stuart Appleby reeled of a round of 63 today (11 shots better than his day one effort) to be in 54th place heading into the weekend but he will need near similar performances over the final 36 holes is he is to secure the top 5 finish he likely needs to regain full playing privileges for the PGA Tour on which he has played for so long. His effort today at least kept his hopes alive.

The news for Appleby's fellow Victorian Aaron Baddeley however is not so good. He began the week in 20th position in the standings and a cut made might well have been enough to get the job done but he was unable to recover from a double bogey at his 8th hole and missed the weekend by just one shot.

It would now take a lot of help from others who have made the weekend if he is to have any chance but it appears as if today might well have been one of Baddeley's more disappointing in the game.

Other Australians Cameron Percy, John Senden and Rhein Gibson also missed the cut and are now resigned to a season on the Web.Com Tour in 2019.     



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