Date: July 19, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Gaunt will keep playing

Australian Daniel Gaunt has been rejuvenated by this week&aposs 138th Open Championship at Turnberry and will not quit the game. Just less than a fortnight ago, after coming through qualifying at Kilmarnock Barassie, the 30-year-old said he was giving himself three weeks to earn some money or he was getting out. Since he lost his European Tour card in 2004 Gaunt, who is based in Surrey, has been trying to make a living on the EuroPro Tour while also working for a golf merchandising company. But life was getting so tough he was concerned about providing for his wife and two children and seemed ready to quit the sport he first played as a 10-year-old. But he took heart from an impressive second-round 67 – which briefly made him the clubhouse leader – in the worst of the weather conditions and intends to continue his career. “I know I am good enough to be out here so I&aposm going to continue and hopefully build the world ranking points up,” said Gaunt, who despite finishing 24-over in his first Open is likely to pick up around 9,500 pounds (AU$20,000). “I&aposm looking forward to the future. This has been a big week. I have shot 67 on one of the toughest days and led the field so for me, I&aposve bettered the world&aposs best players there and proved to myself I can compete against them.” “I was pretty down before I qualified, I was in a bad place mentally and it has turned all around.”