AM­A­TEUR LUCK UPSTAGES SPI­ETH

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

REIGN­ING US and Asia-Pa­cific am­a­teur cham­pion Cur­tis Luck up­staged play­ing part­ner and dou­ble-ma­jor win­ner Jor­dan Spi­eth yes­ter­day in the first round of the Aus­tralian Open at Royal Syd­ney Golf Club. Luck shares the lead with fel­low 20-year-old Lu­cas Her­bert, af­ter the two Aus­tralian young guns posted su­perb five-un­der par open­ing rounds of 67. For­mer world No. 1 Spi­eth could only man­age a 69 as Luck came out on top of an il­lus­trous three­ball that also in­cluded 2006 US Open cham­pion Ge­off Ogilvy, who carded a 70. World No. 7 and Aus­tralian favourite Adam Scott strug­gled to a one-over 73 later in the day. Luck carded seven birdies and im­pressed world No. 5 Spi­eth. “I thought he was bet­ter com­posed than I was, no doubt,” the Amer­i­can said.

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