Curtis Luck has just five events in which to play his way into the FedEx Cup playoffs and retain his PGA TOUR card for 2020, starting at this week’s RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario.
Luck is just one of three Australians in what is a stellar field, the likes of defending champion Dustin Johnson, US PGA champion Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy and FedEx Cup leader Matt Kuchar all playing ahead of next week’s US Open at Pebble Beach.
For the three-man Aussie contingent, however, their focus is on a strong finish this week and a move up the moneylist.
Sitting 149th on the moneylist with a best finish of a tie for fifth at the two-man Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Luck knows that time is running out but told AAP that he believes the courses he will play in the coming weeks suit his style.
"I'm starting to run low on time," Luck admitted.
"But the five events I've got coming up have courses that I feel really suit me."
"[Hamilton Golf and Country Club] is an unusual course and unlike anything we see on the PGA TOUR.
"It's short and dinky, but with thick rough and severely undulating greens. It's an old school course and I like it."
The other Australians in the field, Cameron Davis and Rod Pampling, also both require high finishes to improve their FedEx Cup playoff prospects.
Davis had missed five cuts on the trot before finishing tied for 35th at the AT&T Byron Nelson, his last appearance on the PGA TOUR, and sits nine spots behind Luck in 158th position.
Coming in with 13 consecutive missed cuts the task for Pampling to retain his card is even more grim, the 49-year-old 227th in the FedEx Cup standings.
The lone Kiwi in the Canadian Open field, Danny Lee, is in a far more comfortable position courtesy of three top-10s this season, hoping to improve his ranking of 58th in an event in which he was tied for sixth 12 months ago.
The Web.com Tour is in South Carolina this week for the BMW Charity Pro-Am where Min Woo Lee makes just his second appearance of the season, his sole start to date a missed cut at the Panama Championship.
Brett Drewitt comes in hot after qualifying for next week’s US Open – his first appearance in a major – while Cameron Percy will be eager to build on his top-20 finish at the REX Hospital Open in his first start back from a fractured wrist.
Other Aussies in the field are Brett Coletta, Rhein Gibson and Jamie Arnold along with Kiwi pair Tim Wilkinson and Steven Alker.
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