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Encouraging start for Curtis Luck at Valspar Championship

Luck gets another opportunity to shine. (Photo: Henry Peters)
Since joining the PGA Tour as a cardholder in October Curtis Luck has hardly set the world on fire, having missed seven of 11 cuts and, with a best finish of just 25th, he is taking time to establish himself on the PGA Tour.

This week the 22-year old former US Amateur Champion gets another opportunity to showcase his significant skills when playing the Valspar Championship near Tampa in Florida’s west and he has made a solid start over the demanding Copperhead Layout at the Innisbrook Resort.

Luck’s 1 under par round of 70 has the West Australian in a share of 29th place but such are the demands of the golf course that he finds himself just four shots from the leaders Joel Dahmen and Sepp Straka.

Luck leads the Australian contingent, Matt Jones next best at 2 over par 73, Jason Day and John Senden at 3 over and Cameron Davis 4 over.

Luck earned the right to play the PGA Tour via the Web.Com Tour finals, two top tens in the four-event series securing him the right to play the PGA Tour for the first occasion.

There is little doubting Luck’s significant talent given his victory at the 2016 US Amateur and the Asia Pacific Amateur Championships the same year. He was also a member of the Australian Eisenhower Trophy winning side in 2016 and so prior to turning professional was the leading world ranked amateur.

The transition to professional golf however can be a demanding one and while having done very well just to secure his PGA Tour status it has been a relatively slow start for one with such a significant amateur pedigree.

Today's round, while not earth-shattering, is definitely encouraging and his progress over the next few days will be watched with interest by those who witnessed so many of his performances prior to turning professional.

Joint leader, Dahmen, began his day beautifully with three birdies in his first four holes and then finished off his round with a birdie at his last hole.

Dahmen has won twice on the Canadian Tour earlier in his career but until recently his PGA Tour record has been well below that level. A 12th place finish at last week’s Players Championship and a 9th place finish at Torrey Pines suggests that things are getting better for the 31 year old.

Straka was bogey free in his round of 66, the PGA Tour rookie in 2019 having graduated to this level with a win on the Web.Com Tour last year and a 3rd place finish at the Web.Com Tour Championship.




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