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Luck enjoys solid Australian Open debut

AAP logoAAP 20/11/2016 Evin Priest

Curtis Luck is savouring his Australian Open low amateur honours in a breakout season for the 20-year-old golf sensation.

Luck cherished his first-round lead and early upstaging of American drawcard Jordan Spieth, closing in style on Sunday with a three-under-par 69 for a highly respectable top-15 finish.

He was unfazed by a third-round 74 at Royal Sydney, which realistically cost him any chance to claim the Stonehaven Cup.

"I've loved every minute of it; playing with Jordan Spieth and Geoff Ogilvy is not something every amateur gets to experience," said Luck who finished at seven-under.

"I think I've done pretty well. I've got to seven under to finish in the top 20 in a professional event, my national open, even though I didn't have my A game this week. But that's golf."

The Perth product enjoyed a record-breaking season in which he became the first golfer to win the US Amateur and Asia Pacific Amateur championships.

He also beat a field of professionals to win the Western Australian Open in May, before contributing to the Aussie team's 19-shot victory at the world amateur teams championship in Mexico.

"It's the icing on the cake. It's great experience and good exposure," said Luck about the Open.

"It's showing me that coming to these events I'm ready to compete and not just make up the numbers."

Courtesy of his US Amateur victory, Luck has invites to the Masters, US Open and British Open next year. He believes the pressure cauldron of contending in a national championship has prepared him for an enormous 2017.

"It really does help us get ready for the next stage," said Luck.

"I handled the pressure pretty well. I didn't really let that bother me. It was another stepping stone for my career and hopefully I can keep learning."

Luck will play the first two rounds of the Australian PGA Championship next month with world No.7 Scott, before teeing it up in the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic in February.

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