CURTIS LUCK | EMIRATES AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2016 | ROUND 2 – 18 NOV 16

Q.  A round of what might have been, Curtis?

CURTIS LUCK:   Yeah, it was looking like it was going to be a nice day out there.  I started off pretty well.  I got to hole number 7 and hit a drive down the right in the tree-line and it happened to get stuck in the trees.  So, I had to go play another one and lost a bit of momentum. But you know what, I fought pretty hard. I struggled a bit through the mid section of my round today and managed to get a couple of shots back down the last three holes.

Q. When you walk off, do you remember the bad stretch there or do you remember the good fight afterwards?

CURTIS LUCK:   Probably the good fight afterwards.  You’re not going to lose too many golf balls getting stuck in a tree, so I don’t really think I should worry too much about it.  But as I said, I just kind of stuck with it and managed to finish off strong.

Q.  Two shots back heading into the Australian Open weekend, that’s got to be a good position?

CURTIS LUCK:   Yeah, I think I’m ready to put a big number on the board tomorrow.  So, hopefully I get off to another good start and make the most of it tomorrow.

Q.  Great galleries again with yourself and Jordan and Geoff.  That’s also a good learning curve for the weekend too?

CURTIS LUCK:   Yeah, it was wicked.  I’m sure there’s going to be plenty of people out on the weekend and I’m looking forward to a nice two days of golf.

Q.  Best of luck with it.

CURTIS LUCK:   Thanks mate.

Q.  Did you find it difficult backing up today, Curtis, after yesterday and playing so well?

CURTIS LUCK:   Not really, I think I did a pretty good job today.  As I said, I was going well and lost a bit of momentum.  I didn’t have control over that unfortunately and that’s the way it goes sometimes.  I hit a lot of good golf shots yet again today, probably just didn’t take advantage of some of them like I did yesterday.  I’m feeling good and ready to go.

Q.  Do you feel like you can learn more over a round like today than what was yesterday when you’re just playing simple golf, the adversity and fighting back, do you learn more out of this whole experience than what you did yesterday?

CURTIS LUCK:  Probably not. I’ve been in this situation before.  I’ve done it plenty of times.  Obviously not quite with the crowd or the situation, but it’s something that we’ve all had to deal with at some point in our golfing careers. I think regardless of kind of the result, it was going to be a good learning experience anyway, but I’m pretty happy with my two days of golf.

Q.  You said your ball got stuck in the tree on 7, has that actually happened to you ever before?

CURTIS LUCK:  Yeah, it has but I don’t think it’s ever got stuck in the tree and you know which tree it’s in and not be able to see it.  Considering there were 60 people around the tree, you’d think someone would see it, but obviously not.  So, I don’t think that’s ever happened to me.

Q.  Tournaments tend to ebb and flow regardless with 72 holes, do you sort of expect at the start of the week, particularly when you play this much golf, at some point you’re probably going to have a bad swing shot?

CURTIS LUCK:  Yeah, obviously, 72 holes is a lot of golf, so there are going to be bad holes in amongst that.  I had two bad holes yesterday and yeah, fortunately they didn’t kind of slow me down too much, but I guess it’s definitely going to happen.  Hopefully I’ve cleared my two bad stretches out of the way ready for the weekend and just put some good golf together.

Q.  I just wanted to ask about your lie on 14 in the bunker, from the shot that you hit, it looked like it must have been terrible?

CURTIS LUCK:   Yeah, I just was plugged on the downside, so I knew that I didn’t really have anything unless I got lucky.  So, getting out of there was a bogey pretty much straight away off the tee and I just hole either a 40-footer to make par.  You know, it’s just the way it goes.

Q. Thanks Curtis.