Newly crowned world No.1 amateur Curtis Luck has a chance to shine in his US PGA Tour debut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Newly crowned world No.1 amateur Curtis Luck has a chance to shine in his US PGA Tour debut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. PAUL MILLER

Amateur Luck riding high on ability

WHEN Western Australia's Curtis Luck tees off early on Friday morning in his US PGA Tour debut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida, he will do so as the world's No.1 amateur golfer for the first time in his career.

Luck, who comes into the event via a sponsor's invite, will also make his major championship debut at the Masters next month and has his sights set on turning professional after that tournament.

The 20-year-old is riding the crest of a wave after a sensational 2016, earning his Masters invitation by winning the US Amateur in August - and qualifying again by winning the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in October.

He also impressed against the professionals, taking out the Western Australian Open in May and tying for 11th at the Australian Open in November.

At the Australian PGA Championship in December, Luck told reporters he would most likely turn pro after the Masters and make best possible use of PGA tournament invites.

"The hope is obviously to make enough money to get a Tour card that way, if I go down that path, but it's still not 100%. That's basically my plan for the next eight months or so and I guess good golf is going to be the answer regardless which path I go," he said.

Luck has already received several sponsor invites to US PGA Tour events in 2017 - he is allowed to accept seven - and he has also played European Tour events in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Malaysia and Perth this year.

Management group IMG has already signed Luck.

News Corp Australia


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