23 Aug 2020 | Professional golf |

Luck's chance to break through

by Martin Blake

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Curtis Luck has led through rounds two and three in Columbus. Photo: Getty

Curtis Luck stands a day and a good round away from a potentially career-changing victory.

The Western Australian, who has endured a tough time in his first couple of years as a professional, leads the Korn Ferry Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Championship in Columbus, Ohio, through three rounds after he carded a 68 today.

It was his third consecutive round in the 60s in a week when he has found his best form straight off the back of three consecutive missed cuts in America.

Luck, 24, was flagged for big things after he won the US Amateur and the Asia-Pacific Amateur in 2016 as well as the WA Open.

But he has not won a tournament as a professional.

Luck made three birdies and not a single bogey in his three-under par round today at the University of Ohio’s Scarlet course. At 11-under par, he leads by a shot from Cameron Young of the United States.

He is in his 44th start on the tour, and his fourth time at this event. “I think that the strategy for me was limit the bogeys and I went bogey‑free, so I'm pretty stoked about that,” he said. “I just tried to play really smart. Once again, like the first two days, if I was slightly out of position, just get it back in position as best I can and hit good shots to recover.”

The Australian said he would take memories of recent years in Columbus into tomorrow. “I'm yet to sort of remember having a bad round in the final round here,” Luck said. “So yeah, no doubt in my mind it's a huge advantage being here the fourth year and also putting in good results each and every year being back.”

Victory would have implications, not the least of which is that it would give Luck his maiden pro win.

The top 25 players at the end of next year’s Korn Ferry Tour will automatically graduate to the main tour.

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