West Australian Amateur Curtis Luck continues his preparations for Augusta National this week at the Australian PGA Championship.
Luck, who won the WA Open, U.S. Amateur and Asia-Pacific Amateur this year, will play the first two rounds of the Australian PGA Championship alongside Australia's first Masters Champion; Adam Scott.
This continues a great run of pairings for the 21-year-old who played alongside another Masters Champion; Jordan Spieth at the Emirates Australian Open.
Not at all awe struck by the calibre of golfer he is spending time with, Luck is focused on his preparations just like the stars he plays alongside.
"Adam Scott has been kind of an Aussie idol I guess for me since I started, growing up playing golf, to be playing with him this week it's extremely exciting and I'm obviously very fortunate," said Luck.
"I'm a believer in I'll let Adam do his business and then we'll have a bit of a chat, obviously hopefully on the course, maybe even be able to get some lunch at some point during the week.
"I haven't bothered to go and interfere when he's practicing and stuff, because I understand that this is a business week for him, just like it is me, so I'll give him his time but I'm sure we'll have a good time on Thursday."
While Luck may have already had a career defining year, a win at the Australian PGA Championship opens up even more opportunities; an exemption onto the European Tour for two years.
"It's such an amazing opportunity for anyone in the field this week. To be able to come away this week with a win and obviously have a Tour card for the following year would simplify my life a lot, it's a great kick-start to your career as a Professional," said Luck,
"I'm pretty close to deciding that I'll turn Pro most likely after the Masters next year."
However before he starts dreaming of the Masters and a European Tour career, Luck needs to overcome the Graham Marsh re-design RACV Royal Pines Resort layout.
"We teed off really early yesterday and played 18 holes. It's good. You can see where Graham Marsh has tried to add some elevation into a course that's obviously very flat, round the greens in particular it's a little funky," added Luck.
"I think for me this week it's probably a good thing that it's nice and tight around the greens.
"Coming from Perth we don't get to play on this sort of style of grass that often, so the fact that it's fairway around the green I think is a good advantage for me."The Australian PGA Championship tees off on Thursday with Adam Scott, Ian Poulter, Marc Leishman, Marcus Fraser, Scott Hend, Danny Lee and defending champion Nathan Holman all in action. o
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