Curtis Luck starts Valero Texas Open as professional; signs with Callaway

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Curtis Luck has signed an endorsement deal with Callaway and teed off as a professional for the first time this morning.

Australian Curtis Luck turned professional last week and has had a rocky first round in his pro debut at the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open.

Luck’s opening round included six bogey’s and an eagle but finished with three birdies in his closing four holes to eventually card a 1-over par 73 to see 20-year-old in a tie for 94th place.

After an incredibly successful few years that included wins at the U.S. Amateur and Asia-Pacific Amateur last year, Luck entered the Masters Tournament a few weeks ago as the world’s top ranked amateur golfer.

Luck decided to turn pro soon after Masters week where he made the cut and finished in 46th place, and is now relying on sponsors invitations for a spot in the field at the PGA Tour events.

Golf Digest reported that Callaway has signed up Luck on a multi-year endorsement deal:

The signing is hardly a surprise. The 20-year-old Australian played the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and the Masters (where he made the cut) as an amateur but housed his clubs in a Callaway staff bag with his name on it. As for a learning curve with the equipment, Luck has played Callaway products for some time.

“I’ve played with Callaway for many years, and I’ve been fortunate to win some of the biggest amateur events in the world with their equipment,” Luck said in a statement. “So it’s a natural choice as I start my pro career.”

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