Luck reeled off seven birdies and two pars over the opening nine holes at the Atlantic Beach Country Club to turn in 28 strokes and race to the top of the leaderboard.
Two more birdies at 11 and 14 saw him alone atop the tournament before late stumbles at 16 and 17 dropped him back to a share of second place, one stroke behind Austria’s Sepp Straka, with one round to go.
Luck is at 17-under alongside Americans Lucas Glover and Denny McCarthy and if he holds that position is projected to finish seventh on the four-tournament money list which will award 25 PGA Tour cards at the end of play tomorrow.
Luck is one of four Australians to have made the cut in the last event of the season though Stuart Appleby withdrew after a third round 77.
Brett Drewitt and Cameron Davis are both sharing 12th place at 13-under and five off the lead, Davis already assured of a PGA Tour card next season while Drewitt needs to finish in the top handful tomorrow to have a chance of graduating.
The Atlantic Beach course has proved vulnerable to low scoring with Luck’s third round 64 one of four posted on the day.
Skill with plenty of Luck.September 22, 2018
England’s Chris Paisley, who opened with a 61 Thursday, signed for the best round of Saturday with a 63 though a Friday 74 means he is at 15-under and sharing sixth place.
After the 36-hole cut fell at 4-under all but one of the weekend qualifiers is at 5-under or better for the tournament, a third round 81 seeing American Trevor Cone slip to 1-over and the only golfer not in the red.
At the top of the leaderboard the stakes are high as the winner of the event earns an invite to next year’s PLAYERS Championship.
Adding to the pressure are the PGA Tour cards on offer for those who finish top 25 on the four tournament finals series money list.
The higher up the list a player finishes the better their exemption category on the main Tour next year and hence the more starts they will earn.
There have already been 25 cards decided on the basis of the regular season money list and after tomorrow’s final round the 50 players who earned status will have playing rights to the PGA Tour
The winner of the regular season money list gets the first card with the winner of the final series list getting the second. Cards are then awarded alternately down to 50th place.
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