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West Aus­tralian Curtis Luck has joined the pro­fes­sional ranks af­ter miss­ing out on low ama­teur hon­ours at the Mas­ters.

The 20-year-old signed for a clos­ing even par 72 to finish nine over, three strokes be­hind Amer­i­can Ste­wart Hages­tad, the 2016 US Mid-Ama­teur Cham­pion.

Luck got to within one stroke of Hages­tad late in his fi­nal round af­ter four suc­ces­sive birdies from the 12th hole. But a bo­gey at the 18th hole, com­bined with two late birdies from Hages­tad ul­ti­mately proved the dif­fer­ence.

The reigning US Ama­teur and Asia-Pa­cific Ama­teur Cham­pion said he was ready to have a crack at earn­ing some money.

“It’s been a long time, I started play­ing like com­pet­i­tive ama­teur golf when I was about 14, 15. So, five years, just over five years to here. So I’m ready to go,” the Cottes­loe Golf Club mem­ber said.

“I’m ex­cited to try and make some money and I’m ex­cited to, I guess, make my way through the pro ranks, or at least give it a good crack.

“I thought I was ready five months ago. I had en­tered tour school for last year in Ja­pan and Europe. Then I won the US Ama­teur and Asian Ama­teur, which put a halt on that con­cept.

“Now hav­ing all this ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing these pro­fes­sional events over the last three months in par­tic­u­lar, I feel like I’m ready to com­pete at this level.

“As of now we’re just kind of go­ing through the process of try­ing to col­lect in­vites for the PGA Tour. Right now we have got four, we’re work­ing on the fifth at the mo­ment.”

Luck was due to make his pro­fes­sional de­but at the Valero Texas Open on April 20.

Luck and Hages­tad were the only am­a­teurs to make the cut at the Mas­ters. Hages­tad, a 25-year-old fi­nan­cial an­a­lyst, is the first Mid-Ama­teur Cham­pion ever to achieve the feat and he took home the Sil­ver Cup.

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