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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 235
The Masters looks set to be the rising star’s final event before joining the play-for-pay ranks, confirming the decision at the Dubai Desert Classic. “With the opportunities that have risen with the US Am, and the Asian Am victory, looks I'll be turning pro straight after the Masters,” he said. If Luck does turn pro immediately following The Masters he will forego exemptions into the US Open and Open Championship, but as ever he is confident in his ability to succeed. “I kind of have to back myself with doing the most with the starts and opportunities that I’ve given myself,” Luck said in reference to giving up exemptions and turning pro. The Cottesloe Golf Club member teed it up in a number of European Tour events before heading to the US to prepare. The Arnold Palmer Invitational was Luck’s only US start before The Masters and his US sojourn did not begin the way he would have envisaged after he was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard after the second round. Despite his setback at Bay Hill, Luck will have some good oil on how to approach his first tilt at Augusta, with inside information from two former champions. “Had some good conversation with Spieth and Adam Scott. And yeah, I think the biggest thing that comes in common with what they are saying is probably that the course just transforms overnight between Wednesday and Thursday; it's a completely different golf course,” Luck said. There is certain to be stiff competition for the honour of Low Amateur in the first full week in April. American’s Brad Dalke, runner up to Luck in the US Amateur, and US Mid-Amateur Champion Stewart Hagestad join Chilean Toto Gana in the Crow’s Nest. While Luck’s biggest challenge looks set to come from Englishman Scott Gregory. Gregory, the 2016 British Amateur Champion, has major championship experience having played in the 2016 Open and is ranked in the top-10 amateurs in the world. What is certain is the Perth local won’t be overawed by the occasion, with Luck’s confidence perhaps his biggest strength. E
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