Tuesday Practice at the 2017 Masters

Apr 09, 2017, 02:03

But unlike some 20-year-olds who have earned invites before him, Luck remained patient. He tied for second in 2014, got to 19-under before winning at 18-under in 2015 and led for three rounds past year.

"I'm going to just do the best job I can with what I've got", the world number three said at a press conference at Augusta.

Jason Day spoke candidly and emotionally for 40 minutes.

"Certain shots you hit versus others, you obviously feel more comfortable, but I feel like we're freed up because we know where those spots are and where they aren't".

He's probably playing the best he has ever played in his life.

Smart kid, that Curtis.

He has "torn up" the golf course in his three previous appearances, tying for second place in 2014 and 2016 sandwiched around a wire-to-wire victory when at one point he reached a record 19 under par and later tied Tiger Woods' scoring record at 18-under 270. Pros who have teed it with Luck have raved about the kid from Perth.

But Day said Monday that his mother is improving and she might even be at the course on the weekend to watch him compete for the green jacket. "My short game is going to be very important around here". Trust me, he's certainly capable of it and he'll win at least one. "I turned pro at a young age". That was all. When he called a few days later, after hearing she wouldn't need chemo, she simply said it was good news. "It's time now for him to move on and challenge himself to the next level", said Scott.

"The game is good", Spieth insisted. "He made a mess of it one year".

Last month at Bay Hill, Luck struggled. The poor play bugged Luck, but not as much as the mistake he made in the scoring tent.

No first-timer has won the Masters since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. "The last couple years I ve done a little better and I feel like I ve had a chance". "That's just one mistake and I've learned from it". His father, Stuart Luck, loves to tell this story about his son as a kid.

He said that McIlroy was "really impressive". I mean, if you want to win around here, you're going to have to putt it well.

The year's opening major, which begins Thursday at Augusta National, is always the most heavily anticipated of the four and, with a myriad of compelling storylines bubbling during the tournament buildup, this year's edition is rich with promise. Luck knows he can't possibly master the Masters course in his first year.

The bottom line for Spieth is he just needs to complete his first round on Thursday.

Luck remembers being too excited at the 2015 Western Australian Open, a pro event. He won at Colonial and won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year. He doesn't expect to win this week.

The fun is just getting started at Augusta. That attitude will come in handy should Luck run into a bit of trouble this week around Augusta National. "That's the kind of stuff that is unteachable, and he has that".

"I would have liked to have been there in some more Majors".