22 Aug 2020 | Professional golf |
Luck rediscovers Korn Ferry form
by Martin Blake
Curtis Luck has rebounded from a trio of missed cuts by seizing the lead in the Korn Ferry Tour's Nationwide Children's Championship in Ohio today.
Perth's Luck, 24, has had a quiet year on the secondary American tour but he ran hot today at the Ohio State University course in Columbus.
The Perth star and former US Amateur champion shot a five-under par 66 to go with his opening 68, closing with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole, to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at eight under par.
Luck ignited his round with an eagle at the par-five 12th hole and made six other birdies.
The West Australian has made just four of 11 cuts on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2020, ranked 135th on the tour points list and with just more than $US80,000 in earnings.
Luck leads by a shot from American Cameron Young, and he said he felt familiar on the course. "The greens get firm," he said. "It kind of replicates Australia a little bit. It's also bent (grass), so it's a lot like home. It sets up for me.
"I got off to a weird start, had a couple of bogeys amongst a birdie and an eagle, but it kind of was a little bit like that all day.
"I just managed to settle myself down and just play some good golf. I'm putting really nicely, so kind of takes a lot of stress off my ball-striking at the moment."
Of the other Australians, only Brett Drewitt (68-73) made the cut.
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