Davis may have already been assured of graduating to the big time even before this week’s Web.Com Tour Championship while Luck's strong showing in Atlantic Beach in Florida assured he too will be a first-time PGA Tour cardholder for the 2018-19 season.
Davis and Luck join fellow Australian, Matt Jones, who did not play this week but courtesy of his earlier performances in The Finals had locked up a return to the PGA Tour.
Davis, a winner on the Web.Com Tour earlier this year, had played the last three of the Web.Com Tour Finals safe in the knowledge that he is on the way to the big stage next season having finished third in the opening tournament of the four event Finals.
The current Australian Open Champion however staged a big final round of 66 today including an eagle at the 72nd hole to finish in a share of 3rd this week and improve to 5th in The Finals standings and as such will have plenty of early season opportunities on the PGA Tour in late 2018 and in 2019.
Luck’s progression was not quite as convincing but the highly talented former US Amateur and Asia Pacific Amateur Champion finished in a share of 8th this week to claim the 16th ranked card from The Finals.
12 years ago a kid started playing golf in Perth WA, at that point in time all he wanted was to play on the pgatour , now at 22 years old I am able to say that kids dream has become a… https://t.co/6maV01KYtr— Curtis Luck (@CurtisLuck6) September 24, 2018
Both Davis and Luck were members of the Australian Eisenhower winning side in 2016 and both have done extremely well to be on their way to the game’s biggest stage so soon after turning professional.
Interestingly, their fellow team-member in Mexico in 2016, Harrison Endycott, has finished runner-up this week in an event on the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica further confirming the class of that trio.
Luck struggled today after bogeys at his opening three holes had him on the back foot. His third round of 64 yesterday, which included an opening nine of 28, had opened the door for a first professional victory, trailing the overnight leader Sepp Straka by just one.
He would overcome his slow start today, however, his short game genius and imagination saving him on many occasions. His even par round of 71 would eventually see him finish tied for 8th this week and secure the 16th ranked card from The Finals.
The winner of the event was American Denny McCarthy who returns to the PGA Tour after struggles in his rookie season there in 2018. McCarthy claims the Golden Card for heading the Finals money list, thus ensuring he is fully exempt for all of next season, will not be subject to periodic re-ranking and guarantees himself a start at the Players Championship.
McCarthy won by four shots over former US Open Champion, Lucas Glover, with Davis sharing third alongside Chase Wright, Ben Silverman, Cameron Tringale and Straka, that group a shot behind Glover.
Brett Drewitt finished as the next best of the Australians when he tied for 35th this week but after glimpses of some outstanding play during The Finals he will be disappointed not to have done better. The New South Welshman will be back on the Web.Com Tour in 2019.
Stuart Appleby withdrew after a third round of 77 which followed a second round 63 and, like Drewitt, will be back on the Web.Com Tour in 2019 if he so chooses.
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