While some of the world’s best players are in action at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, an amateur will be amongst the drawcards at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.
A rising star of Australian golf, Curtis Luck is a cult hero of sport in Perth and is sure to be strongly supported in his first tournament at home since his win at the WA Open in 2016.
“I think this week I'll have a very big following just of Cottesloe supporters, family and friends, but that's always been the case where I'm a member here in Perth,” Luck said.
“They're probably one of the most supportive clubs going. So as I said, nothing's really changed because they've continuously supported me my whole career.
“I think comfort wise I get to stay at home, dump my washing onto my mum, go home, get some dinner and, yeah, as you've said, you know, lots of people are going to be out here that I know, familiar faces.”
Luck has been on a steep learning curve competing on the European Tour on his way to preparing for the Masters Tournament in April.
He has played three events on the European Tour in 2017; his best result came at the Dubai Desert Classic when he finished tied 23rd.
“I've been away for the last four weeks and I'll say things got a little rough since I was away. It’s starting to come together for this week and I'm feeling excited to get the week under way on Thursday.
“I've managed to play three European Tour events this year and this will be my fourth, I've been in the Middle East for three weeks and I was in Malaysia last week. It's all been a great learning experience for me and I guess it's just good preparation heading into a very busy year.
“It started to slip a little in Dubai; I probably just wasn't managing myself as well as I should have been whilst I was away, but as I said I kind of got on top of it actually in Malaysia. It’s one thing that's hard in golf is trying to make a change whilst you're playing competitively.”
“So I hit a couple of errant tee shots that kind of cost me the week, but as I said that was something I felt like I needed to do to get ready for this week because I do feel this is my best opportunity I guess to give one a really good crack and try to be at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the week.”
Now back on home soil, Luck believes this could be his best chance for a victory, playing on a course where he is a former member.
A win would be a huge opportunity for Luck who plans on turning Professional in April after making his debut at Augusta.
“I don't see why there's any reason why I shouldn't be confident heading into these events. I feel like I can match it especially if I'm playing well with these boys out here,” Luck added.
“So, yeah, at the end of the day there's no point heading into an event just trying to make the cut because that's not really what you're out here to do.
“I'd love to say at the end of the week I'll be around the mark, but, yeah, we'll just see.”
Victory in the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth automatically enters him in the remainder of the European Tour this year, plus the entire 2018 season, a massive opportunity for a player of his age.
Luck said he would be happy to kick start his Professional career with a European Tour card.
“It would really change the way my next couple years are going to go because it would give me a place to play once I turn professional in April.”
“So that obviously takes a lot of pressure off my game in the U.S., which is yet again another great thing to have so you can just go out and play and not be too worried about what the result might be.
“But I'd love to play in Europe; I've had a great time playing this tour.”
Curtis Luck tees off in the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth on Thursday at 11.40am alongside New Zealander Ryan Fox and Indian Jeev Milkha Singh.