Date: July 11, 2017
Author: Mark Hayes

Luck notches first big goal

Curtis Luck wasn’t at the pointy end of the Greenbrier Classic, but he still left West Virginia with an extremely valuable prize.

The young West Australian played four consecutive rounds in the 60s on the TPC White Course, good enough for a share of 20th at six under the card.

And while that was eight shots adrift of rising American Xander Schauffele’s winning total, it enabled Luck to cross a threshold that was one of the goals in his first season as a professional.

The Cottesloe Golf Club member pocketed another $US69,501 for his troubles, taking his season total to $US354,706, locking in – at worst – a shot at the Web.Com Tour’s finals for a shot at US PGA Tour card for next season based on his FedEx Cup points total.

Including his starts as an amateur in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Masters, it was Luck's ninth American tournament this American season, in which he has been disqualified once, missed two cuts and impressively banked six cheques.

He will play again at the John Deere Classic in western Illinois – his last-ditch chance to earn a start in next week’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale – but potentially still has three more sponsor exemptions starts at his disposal this season.

Geoff Ogilvy finished T58 at even par, while Matt Jones couldn’t follow on from his opening 66 and finished at one over to share 64th.