Luck try­ing to cash first pro­fes­sional check

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS -

Cur­tis Luck is mak­ing his pro de­but in the Valero Texas Open, and at least he knows what to ex­pect. His last nine tour­na­ments over the past six months have all been on pro­fes­sional tours.

SAN AN­TO­NIO » Cur­tis Luck is mak­ing his pro de­but in the Valero Texas Open, and at least he knows what to ex­pect.

His last nine tour­na­ments over the past six months have all been on pro­fes­sional tours.

“I’ve def­i­nitely got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der my belt I can use this week to put a good cou­ple of rounds in and have a good re­sult,” Luck said.

The 20-year-old Aus­tralian made his fi­nal year as an am­a­teur one to re­mem­ber. Luck won the U.S. Am­a­teur in Au­gust at Oak­land Hills by de­feat­ing Brad Dalke of Ok­la­homa, 6 and 4. He de­cided to stay an am­a­teur to take ad­van­tage of his in­vi­ta­tion to the Masters, and then won the Asia Pa­cific Am­a­teur last fall by one shot over Brett Co­letta of Aus­tralia at the Jack Nick­laus Golf Club Korea.

With the Masters be­hind him — Luck made the cut and tied for 46th — he’s ready to start get­ting paid.

For the sec­ond straight week, the top stars on the PGA Tour are stay­ing home. Pa­trick Reed at No. 15 in the world is the high­est-ranked player at the AT&T Oaks Course on the TPC San An­to­nio.

The field also in­cludes Matt Kuchar, who is play­ing his fifth straight tour­na­ment, PGA champion Jimmy Walker and de­fend­ing champion Charley Hoff­man.

Kuchar’s long stretch be­gan at the Dell Tech­nolo­gies Match Play, where he went 1-1-1 but failed to ad­vance from his group. He missed the cut at the Hous­ton Open and then has shown flashes that he could be on the verge of win­ning for the first time in three years on the PGA Tour. He made a hole-in-one on Sun­day at the Masters and tied for fourth, and then he closed with a 64 at Hil­ton Head last week.

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