U.S. Am champ Luck wins Asia-Pacific Amateur


U.S. Amateur champ Curtis Luck added another high-profile trophy to his collection when he rallied from a seven-shot deficit to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur.

The tournament annually awards a berth in the Masters to its winner, but Luck was already in next year's field at Augusta National by virtue of his win earlier this summer at Oakland Hills. The 20-year-old Aussie made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to close out a 5-under 67 and a one-shot win over Brett Coletta.

"I've had an amazing year, and this has topped it off," Luck told reporters. "I came here to try my best and win, but I wasn't expecting to be standing here with the trophy at the end of the week."

Luck's victory came at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, Korea, which previously hosted the 2015 Presidents Cup.

Should he remain amateur, Luck is also exempt to the 2017 U.S. Open and Open Championship by virtue of his U.S. Amateur victory. He didn't make a bogey during the final round, while Coletta - who began the day with a two-shot lead - made a pair of double bogeys en route to a 3-over 75 and missed a 14-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff.

This is the first time in the eight-year history of the event that the winner was already qualified for the Masters. Past champions include Hideki Matsuyama (2010, 2011) and Guan Tianlang (2012).