Aussie Curtis Luck nailed the two biggest birdies of his 2020 season in the final three holes of the NCH Championship in Ohio to take a one-shot win and put himself in contention for a return to the US PGA Tour.
It was the West Australian’s first professional victory, coming on the second-tier Korn Ferry Tour, and elevated him to 18th the standings.
The top 25 at season’s end earn an automatic elevation to the US PGA Tour next season.
Luck had won just $27,000 on the tour so far in 2020 but collected $250,000 for his win which guaranteed him playing status on the Korn Ferry Tour, the feeder for the US PGA Tour, for two years.
The 24-year-old, who won the presitiogious US Amatuer Championship, turned pro in 2017 and said it was a “relief” to get his first win.
“It’s a really deep breath, like of relief. Golf’s really tough,” Luck said.
“It’s probably not gone 100 per cent to plan the way I wanted to when I turned pro. I’ve just stuck with it and I’m still working hard.
“To get a win is massive. Not only does it give me status for the next couple of years, it just shows that I am able to compete.”
It was a grind out there, but @CurtisLuck6 wasn't going down without a fight. 💪
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Luck had to endure a “crazy, intense” final hole, which included clipping a tree off the tee, then having to make up and down from a greenside bunker to make par and maintain his one-shot lead.
“One of the biggest strengths I have on the gold course is digging deep, showing my grit. That putt on 16 was huge and I had a pretty awesome up and down on the lats to dave the day,” he said.
“To be able to handle a seven-foot, left-to-right (putt), under the pump was just huge. I made a wicked up and down.
“The aim of the day was to put on a good show. We put on an interesting show, I don’t know if it was good.”
Originally published asGood Luck finally comes Curtis’ way
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