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Luck fires at 3M Open

Curtis Luck
Curtis Luck: finding some form in the US. Image: Getty

Curtis Luck’s timing could hardly be better.

The Perth professional has been struggling to make an impact on his first full year on the US PGA Tour, leaving himself vulnerable to losing his playing rights.

But Luck’s putter ran hot and he carded at 65 at TPC Twin Cities today to go with an opening 68 that puts him in the mix at the 3M Open.

Not even a bogey from the water at the ninth hole, his last of the day, could shift him from the leaderboard.

American Bryson DeChambeau, who equalled the course record with a 62, leads the way at -under par. Luck is at nine-under par in a tie for sixth, five shots back.

Ironically the Western Australian has said in the past that low-scoring tournaments are not necessarily his best fit; in this instance the cut line was well over par but he has played well enough to put himself in with a chance.

The 22-year-old former US Amateur champion has missed 10 cuts in 19 starts this year with just one top-10 finish to show for his efforts. He came into this week 186th on the Fedex Cup points standings, outside the cutline of those who will retain playing rights for next season, and needing to perform in a hurry.

Otherwise it has been a quiet week for Australians. Jason Day hit a ball in the water when he could not afford it at the par-four 10th and took another hack in the hazard before a penalty drop and a triple bogey seven ruined his day.

South Australian Wade Ormsby is just outside the top five at the European Tour’s Irish Open at Lahinch through two rounds.


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