Top amateur Luck signs management deal with IMG

The Masters comes first – and after that Curtis Luck is free to conquer the world.

At least that must be the opinion of IMG, who announced recently that Australia’s US Amateur champion had signed on with one of the world’s biggest player management companies.

Curtis Luck Curtis Luck (Credit: USGA/John Mummert)

Luck won’t be turning professional just yet though because there’s an invitation to the US Masters and a tilt at winning their amateur trophy at the top of his ‘bucket list’.

Of course if Luck was to turn pro he would immediately forfeit that invitation to Augusta National in April.

But the 20-year-old, who finished top amateur at last weekend’s Dubai Desert Classic (won by Sergio Garcia) is certain to continue testing his game against some of the world’s best as he gradually warms up for the US Masters.

He earned that ‘gold-embossed’ invitation by winning the Havemeyer Trophy (US Amateur trophy) at Oakland Hills in August last year and it can only be used if he remains an amateur.

Yet under the rules of Amateur Status, Luck is permitted to enter into an agreement with an agent, or other third party, and not be deemed a professional.

With a great future already assured, judging by his displays in Australia this summer, Luck’s US Amateur win would also assure him of starts in both the US Open and British Open later this year…if he continued to retain his amateur status.

Luck had actually hinted he might yet forfeit those starts by turning professional after the Masters.

Certainly his appeal would ensure he received invitations or sponsor’s exemptions into several US Tour events, similar to another rookie Australian professional Cameron Davis, who has already joined the play-for-pay ranks.

That alone would give Luck the opportunity to earn enough to get a US Tour card without having to head to Tour School or settle for playing on the ‘secondary’ Tour.