AUS­TRALIA’S LUCK LANDS ASIA-PA­CIFIC AM­A­TEUR TI­TLE

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Cur­tis Luck over­came a seven-stroke deficit to win the Asia-Pa­cific Am­a­teur and earn a Masters in­vi­ta­tion that the Aus­tralian didn’t even need. Al­ready in the Masters with his US Am­a­teur vic­tory, the 20-year-old made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a one-stroke win over coun­try­man Brett Co­letta. “I’ve had an amaz­ing year and this has topped it off,” said Luck. “I came here to try my best and win, but I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to be stand­ing here with the tro­phy at the end of the week.” Luck’s vic­tory also ended up cost­ing Co­letta a spot be­side him the Masters. “It’s re­ally hard to swal­low, but you’ve got to look at the pos­i­tives,” said Co­letta, also 20. Luck will play in the Masters, US Open and Bri­tish Open next year thanks to his US Am­a­teur vic­tory back in Au­gust at Oak­land Hills.

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