Luck led home the eight Australians at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the start of the four-tournament series which will decide 25 cards for next year’s Tour.
Luck’s 3-under total saw him to T19 in the tournament and T14 on the all-important money list, an excellent start to what will be a gruelling stretch of golf.
Cameron Percy and Brett Drewitt are also inside the top 25 in the early running, both T22 in earnings after finishing T31 in the tournament.
Following the fortunes of players over the coming weeks is a complex prospect as there are two money lists operating in conjunction.
The top 25 earners at the end of the regular season are already guaranteed cards for next year but are fighting among themselves to determine the final order of their ranking category.
Their earnings from the regular season will be added to what they accrue over the Finals to calculate that number.
The rest of the field, made up of 75 players from the secondary Tour and 75 from the PGA Tour, are playing for the remaining 25 cards via a separate money list including only the four play-off events.
Scott Hend was the last of the Australians to make the cut this week and with an even par total for the 72 holes is T32 on the money list.
Rhein Gibson, Stuart Appleby and Matt Jones all missed the cut and now face added pressure over the coming weeks if they are to get back to the world’s richest Tour, Jamie Arnold also in the same position as he tries to get to the PGA Tour for the first time.
American Peter Uihlein, who has played the European Tour full-time since 2013, is in the driver’s seat in the race for cards after claiming this week’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.
The son of Titleist boss Wally and a former US Amateur champion, Uihlein scorched the Ohio University Scarlet course with a final round 65 to claim a one-shot victory over fellow American Ryan Armour.