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Luck Leads Aussie Charge in Idaho

(Photo: Bruce Young)
The chase for PGA Tour cards continues this week with Curtis Luck leading the Australian charge at the Web.com Finals series event in Idaho.

The 21-year-old West Australian is the best placed of the Down Under contingent after the first tournament in the series, sitting in 14th position on the mini money list which will decide 25 cards in three weeks’ time.

Luck is one of eight Australians taking part in the Finals hoping to secure a place on the PGA tour for 2018, Cameron Percy and Brett Drewitt also in the top 25 early in the campaign.

The four tournaments feature fields made up of players finishing 126-200 on the FedEx Cup list as well as the top 75 money earners from the Web.com Tour regular season.

The top 25 from the Web.com regular season money list are already assured a card but play the four Finals events to determine ranking categories amongst themselves for next year’s Tour.

Their finish position will be based on their regular season earnings combined with their Finals earnings while the rest of the field are only concerned with money earnt in the Finals series.

After one event Luck is T14 on that mini money list while Percy and Drewitt are both T22. Scott Hend was the only other Australian to make the cut in the opening event in Ohio and he is T32 in earning with three events remaining.

Matt Jones, Stuart Appleby, Jamie Arnold and Rhein Gibson all missed the cut at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and now face added pressure to perform in the final three tournaments.

The Tour moves to Idaho this week for the Boise Open, a tournament won by only one Australian since its inception in 1990 when Greg Chalmers hoisted the trophy in 2005.

Luck plays the event for the first time while Jones has the best form of the Australians at this course, a T5 in 2007 at Hillcrest Country Club his best in seven appearances.

Hend comes into the week with the best current form of the group after losing in a play-off at the European Tour event in Switzerland on Sunday.

While both the PGA and Web.com Tours had the week off, Hend made the journey to Crans-sur-Sierre for the European Masters and played some outstanding golf over the four days.

While no doubt disappointed with the final result his game is clearly in good shape and it would be no surprise to see him in the mix come Sunday.


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