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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 237
I F WE’RE being honest, this week’s Valero Texas Open would normally shape as a bit of a flat spot in what has been a so-far enthralling PGA Tour season. It occupies a date in that unfortunate post- Masters scheduling hole that sucks out the majority of the world’s top players, who are all taking a spell before gearing up for The Players Championship in a few weeks. Only five players from the world’s top 25 are competing at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks course, with Patrick Reed the best of them at No. 14. But before you write this one off as an event you’ll join the players in giving a miss, for us Aussies it’s well and truly worth a look, thanks in large part to a certain 20-year-old who’s destined for big things sooner, rather than later. It’s Curtis Luck, and this week he’ll be gracing a US course for the first time as a professional, having completed his planned switch to the pro ranks after making the cut as an amateur at his very first trip to Augusta. As an opener, the Texas Open shapes as the perfect event for Luck to cut his teeth and secure the first prizemoney cheque of his career. With no Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth or anyone else from the top 10, the door is wide open for a big first-up performance that will go a long way towards securing the full-time PGA Tour status Luck is chasing from his limited opportunities throughout the remainder of 2017. The Perth native can take up no more than seven invitations on the PGA Tour this season, with Texas to be his first and a number of others already locked away in the coming weeks.
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