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And he wouldn’t be the first newly-minted pro to open his account with a bang. Jon Rahm went T3 at the Quicken Loans National in his first pro outing in June last year, while Bryson DeChambeau finished top 10 at Hilton Head on debut earlier in 2016. Among the Aussies, Day made the cut and was T67 at the 2006 John Deere Classic, while Adam Scott started out in Europe and was T61 at the Compaq European Grand Prix in 2000, before taking only seven more tournaments to earn his full-time card. But even if it isn’t a week to remember for our boy, he can take heart from the fact that world No.1 Johnson’s debut in 2007 was also at the Texas Open, and he didn’t see any weekend action. Perhaps more exciting than Luck stepping outasapro–forayoungmaninhis 20s who’s dominated both amateurs and professionals across the globe over the past 12 months – is the opportunity to finally pocket some cash for his efforts. “I’m excited to try and make some money and I’m excited to, I guess, make my way through the pro ranks, or at least give it a good crack,” Luck said after his Masters performance. “I thought I was ready five months ago. I had entered tour school for last year in Japan and Europe. Then I won the US Amateur and Asian Amateur, which put a halt on that concept.” “Now having all this experience playing these professional events over the last three months in particular, I feel like I’m ready to compete at this level.” Luck clearly won’t be affected by the sense of occasion. His Masters debut was closely watched, as he began alongside defending champion Danny Willett, though there was no chance of them seeing any weekend action together, with Willett missing the cut while Luck held his nerve to advance. If he brings even a fraction of that resolve to Texas this weekend, big things await. E “I’M EXCITED TO TRY AND MAKE SOME MONEY AND I’M EXCITED TO, I GUESS, MAKE MY WAY THROUGH THE PRO RANKS, OR AT LEAST GIVE IT A GOOD CRACK.”
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