Curtis Luck has quickly erased the memories of a stumbling finish when in contention last week by bolting into the top-10 with a blistering final round in Georgia.
Luck entered the final round of the Web.com Tour’s Louisiana Open sharing fourth place but played an uncharacteristically poor round, a 4-over 76 seeing him fall to the tail of the field.
However, the 2016 U.S. Amateur champion hit back in the best way possible this week at the inaugural Savannah Golf Championship in Georgia with a 15-under four round total for a share of fifth place.
After an opening 71 Luck posted 68-69 then stormed home with a 7-under 65 to leapfrog 16 players on the leaderboard.
A total of 21 birdies and an eagle for the week suggest Luck’s game is in good shape and he will be keen to build on this performance in coming weeks.
In the bigger picture the result was not only his best to date in his rookie season on the secondary circuit but, importantly, also moved him up 20 places on the money list.
The top-25 earners at this season’s end graduate to the main PGA TOUR and with his good play this week Luck has moved to 35th.
A total of eight Australasians teed up in Savannah with just three qualifying for the weekend.
Cameron Percy and Jamie Arnold both ended the week four shots behind Luck at 11-under and T21, Percy with a 4-under final round and Arnold a 3-under.
Rhein Gibson, the best of the Australians on the money list after a fast start to the season, missed the cut by a shot with Brett Drewitt a further stroke back.
New Zealanders Tim Wilkinson and Steve Alker were alongside Drewitt at 1-under but Stuart Appleby struggled with rounds of 75-75 to finish well back.
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