Luck needs to be among the top 25 earners on a cumulative money list calculated over the four tournaments and after three rounds of the first event, The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Ohio, is projected to be inside the top 20.
The former standout amateur fired a 2-under round of 69 Saturday, a score bettered by only 14 players in the field, to move 10 places up the leaderboard to T21.
Luck is one of eight Australians playing the Finals Series which brings together the top 75 earners from the Web.com regular season with those players finishing 126-200 on the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup.
At the end of the Web.com regular season last week the top 25 on the money list were assured a PGA Tour card though still tee up in the finals to improve their ranking number and thus gain more starts on the main Tour next year.
The rest of the field is competing for the remaining 25 cards with those making the most money over the next five weeks (there is a rest week next week) graduating to golf’s holy grail, the PGA Tour.
Luck’s play in nine starts on the PGA Tour after turning professional following the Masters was good enough to earn him a place in the field despite not being a member of either Tour.
Scott Hend similarly earned his start courtesy of some good play at the co-sanctioned CIMB Classic in Malaysia last year and a top 10 finish at the WGC event in Ohio.
The remainder of the Australians played either the PGA or Web.com Tours in 2017.
Luck, Hend, Cameron Percy and Brett Drewitt were the only four Australians to make the cut this week, Stuart Appleby, Matt Jones, Jamie Arnold and Rhein Gibson all missing out.
American Ryan Armour leads the field at 12-under with 36-hole leader Keith Mitchell one behind and outright second. Another American, Tom Lovelady, is alone on third at 10-under.
Luck leads the Australian challenge at T21 with Cameron Percy next best a stroke further back and T29 after a second consecutive 1-under 70.
Brett Drewitt and Scott Hend both slipped down the standings overnight with 1-over rounds of 72, both T39 and 13 strokes off the pace.