MASTERS TIPS: Australia's Curtis Luck is preparing for this first US Masters this week.
MASTERS TIPS: Australia's Curtis Luck is preparing for this first US Masters this week. PAUL MILLER

Luck takes no chances with Masters preparation

GOLF: The world's leading amateur, Perth's Curtis Luck, will take plenty of good advice into his first US Masters at Augusta this week.

Luck, who is just 20, played a practice round with fellow Aussie Adam Scott, milking the 2013 Masters champion for hints on how to play the famous Augusta course.

"It was awesome to get out there with Adam," Luck said.

"He showed me some spots to leave it around the greens and a couple of putts he told me to be wary of."

Scott said he didn't want to overload the youngster, who won his spot in the Masters by winning the 2016 US Amateur and Asia Pacific Amateur championships.

"Your first time at Augusta can be overwhelming," Scott said.

"So I didn't fill his head with too many thoughts. I just offered a couple golden rules that I've always used here that have worked out well.

"I remember my first year here. I had no clue about all the trouble. I just played it like any other golf course and I finished ninth.

"With the game Curtis has there's no reason why he can't do something similar.

"Curtis is switched on. He's a shot maker, he's a thinker and he'll definitely figure out his own way to play here. It was fun to watch him play."

The practice round was Luck's fifth at Augusta since arriving last week to begin preparation.

"I've played 18 holes every day, because I'm a big believer that playing golf is the best way to gain experience," Luck said.

"I've learned this is definitely a second-shot golf course with the fairways being so wide.

"Now it's a countdown until the first round. I'm over the Moon to be here and my family gets in tonight, which will enhance the experience."