U.S. Am champion Curtis Luck to play in Arnold Palmer Invitational
ORLANDO, FL (March 15, 2017) -- With his Masters appearance just weeks away Curtis Luck has made his way stateside and this week he will be playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Luck, the 2016 U.S. Amateur and Asia-Pacific Amateur winner, will begin his week on Thursday at 2:08 p.m. EST going off the first hole with J.J. Spaun and Grayson Murray.
The group will then begin round two early Friday morning from the backside at 10:23 a.m.
Since winning two of the biggest amateur events in the world last year, Luck has been busy playing on the European Tour, teeing it up five-times and making three 36-hole cuts.
Luck made cuts at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (T23; -5), Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (T49; -3) and ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth (T47; -4) where he eventually missed the 54-hole cut.
In 15 rounds on the European Tour since January Luck has turned in four sub-70 rounds with his best a 7-under 65 coming in the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The collegiate game is being represented this week by Vanderbilt senior Matthias Schwab who is playing in his first PGA Tour event as the recipient of the Arnold Palmer exemption. Schwab earned the exemption into the field after being voted in by his peers at the 2016 Palmer Cup. The honor is given to the player that best embodies the `Arnold Palmer Legacy.'
A two-time All-American, Schwab will begin his week on the first hole Thursday morning at 9:23 a.m. EST playing alongside Robert Gamez and David Hronek. The group will begin the second round at 2:08 p.m. on No. 10.
Despite this being his first start on the PGA Tour Schwab has played in five European Tour events, his first start coming in 2010. Out of the five events Schwab made the cut four-times.
"I don't expect any different pressure at Bay Hill than what I have experienced in the European Tour starts," Schwab told CollegiateGolf.com. "I think that I will be just as nervous on the first tee as at any other event and then just go from there and stick to my plan. In the end, I have nothing to lose and I am trying to gain as much experience as possible out of this tournament."
-Vanderbilt athletics and CollegiateGolf.com contributed to this story