PGA tour star Peter Lonard always regarded the NSW Open Golf Championship as one of the major events on the Australasian PGA Tour calendar when he began his professional career.
He’s pleased to see the tournament has a future and will make Western Sydney its home for the next four years.
“It’s great for the young guys coming into the game knowing that it’s going to be played for at least another four years. It gives them tournament experience and a stepping stone to overseas success,” says Lonard. "And it's good for the guys who play overseas to fix up their game before the major tournaments begin here.”
Lonard has been a real drawcard for fans attending the NSW Open Golf Championship in recent years, and he’s proud of his victory back in 2004 – a win that triggered his best year on the Australasian PGA Tour.
“In 2004 I won the NSW Open, then the Australian Open and Australian PGA. I ran out of gas at the Australian Masters though, finishing 5th,” he says. “I was pretty established back then but it was always good to get in a tournament before the big ones start.”
“When I won the NSW Open Championship, I had a great time,” he says.
Lonard hasn’t played a lot of golf this year, having cut short his time in the United States due to family reasons and injury, but he's ready for the challenge of the Australian summer ahead.
“Golf wise, I didn't play at all for six months then I got all excited to go back to the United States for a month, however I did some tendon damage to my elbow,” says Lonard.
Lonard is feeling refreshed with the forced 12 week layoff due to the injury behind him.
“I’ve done a bit of practice recently, so hopefully I’ll be good to go next week.”
Stonecutters Ridge Golf Course is the type of course that Lonard enjoys, and he likes what he sees as he looks around.
“I played here last year. It’s a great course…it’s in really good condition.”
Lonard has a good idea on how the course will play and what other players in the Championship should look out for.
“It gets pretty firm and bouncy around here…and it gets pretty windy, so you have to control your ball,” Lonard says. “Hitting it long is probably an advantage but that’s probably an advantage wherever you play these days.”
“I really enjoyed playing the tournament last year and it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic week again,” he says.
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