Date: September 17, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Luck right on cusp of PGA card

There are scenarios whereby Curtis Luck won't have a US PGA Tour card next year, but they're extremely unlikely.

Luck, though, remains far from celebration mode as he focuses in hard on this week's Web.Com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

Luck was one of seven Australians to make the cut at the weekend's Boise Open, ultimately finishing T21 behind former Presidents Cup player Sangmoon Bae, who sealed his return to the US PGA Tour with a birdie on the last hole to reach 19 under at Hillcrest Country Club.

Victorian Aaron Baddeley was impressive again in reaching 11 under and T17, improving his standing in the four-week finals series to No.20, with the top 25 players to earn their main tour card after the tour finale.

Baddeley has banked $34,882 in three weeks, looking for approximately $40,000 from the series to advance.

Cam Percy shared 21st with Luck at 10 under, with the veteran Victorian now up to $15,291 and 44th on the finals list.

But West Austrlaian Luck, based on a bold showing back in week one, took his tally to $41,587 — all but booking his ticket to the big show.

In the five previous editions of the finals, 25th spot has earned between $32,206 and $40,625.

For Luck to be pushed out of the top 25, 10 players ranked beneath him on the standings would all have to out-earn him by varying amounts up to $9612.

But Luck cares little for the machinations of the money list, instead backing himself to hoist the trophy at the season's final tournament.

"Even if I knew what results would get it done, I feel I'm a good enough player to think about how I can win at Atlantic Beach," Luck told AAP.

"Whenever it is I get a PGA Tour card, I'm confident I could hold on to it, so I'm not worried about gaining or losing status, that's not what I feel I have to learn.

"I need to learn how to handle the pressure of being in contention coming down a stretch on Sunday; that's far more imperative to my development as a tour player."

Fellow Australians Cameron Davis (7th) and Matt Jones (4th) have already punched their tickets with top-three results earlier in the finals.

Other Australian hopefuls facing a battle for promotion include Rhein Gibson (57th), Brett Drewitt (64th), John Senden (tied 77th) and Stuart Appleby (tied 87th).