This week sees the debut of Australians Cameron Davis and Curtis Luck as cardholders on the PGA tour, the pair in the field for the opening event of the wraparound 2018/2019 PGA Tour season, the Safeway Open in Napa in California.
The former Australian Amateur and current Australian Open Champion, Davis, and the 2016 US, Asia Pacific Amateur and Eisenhower Trophy Championship winner, Luck, both earned the right to play on the world’s biggest golfing stage when securing their cards via the recent Web.Com Tour Finals and appear set for significant careers.
23 year old Davis has already showcased his considerable talent in the paid ranks with his brilliant win in the Australian Open at the Australian Golf Club last year and his victory on the Web.Com Tour earlier this season, his powerful game expected to be suited to the style of golf he will face week in week out on the PGA tour.
22 year old Luck (see photo above) is not blessed with quite the same power as Davis although he is more than adequate in that regard and is considered by those who have watched him through the latter stages of his amateur career and early stages in professional golf to be a craftsman and artist in his field.
Luck’s brilliant season in 2016 where he claimed three of the World’s most significant amateur titles has set him up for a professional career and while he has yet to win in the paid ranks he did win the 2016 West Australian Open as an amateur and has finished 5th in a PGA Tour event while playing on invite.
Both players will be keen to make a fast start to their PGA Tour careers in order that they avoid any re-rank issues which kick in early in the New Year but they certainly have the pedigree and experience, even at this early stage, to do well.
Cameron Davis with his Australian Amateur trophy – Golf Australia
They join fellow Australians Aaron Baddeley, Brett Drewitt, John Senden and Matt Jones in this week’s field, Jones too playing his way back onto the PGA Tour through the Web.Com Tour Finals while for Baddeley and Drewitt they Monday qualified for the event after recording rounds of 65 and securing one of the four places in the field available through that process.
Baddeley and Drewitt missed out on making the top 25 during the Web.Com Tour Finals but have rebounded with an impressive effort just to get a start this week.
The $US6.4 million event is played at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa in California.