Much in the way Emiliano Grillo took off with an alternate field win at the 2015 Frys.com Open, young star Curtis Luck could do the same here.
Grillo, then 23, had a little more success and time as a pro, but both showed high talent at a low age.
Luck, 20, recently showed the form on the PGA TOUR that once ascended him to wins at the U.S. Amateur and Asia-Pacific Championship and a No. 1 amateur rank in the world.
Man bun and all, Luck tied for fifth at the Quicken Loans National in July. He backed it up the next week with a T20 at the Greenbrier Classic.
While still a teenager, Luck also racked up made cuts against traditionally elite fields at the Masters (T46), Wells Fargo Championship (T42) and the Memorial (T73).
Luck is a confident player who can work the ball both ways. He’ll benefit tremendously when he can start seeing courses for the second and third times, but he’s got the talent to win right away.
This week will be his first alternate field start, so let’s see how he stacks up against a weaker field. The new format and altitude could throw Luck for a loop, but a format that rewards aggressiveness is right up his alley.