Date: November 25, 2008
Author: Angus Morgan

Chalmers relaxed ahead of Masters

There were times over the past two years when Greg Chalmers wondered whether life on tour was worth the effort. Grinding away on the Nationwide Tour, Chalmers was finding it difficult to make ends meet and strike an effective balance between his family and professional lives. “I was losing money and a few more years like that, it would get to the point where it&aposs like, &aposdo I need to do something else?&apos,” Chalmers said. “You start to question if you keep losing money year-in, year out – it&aposs tough.” Chalmers&apos outlook was transformed this season with a playoff victory in the Henrico County Open which paved the way for his eighth-placing on the Nationwide money list and the restoration of his USPGA Tour card for next year. It&aposs no surprise then that the 35-year-old, who&aposs feeling relaxed and refreshed after a two-week break, is happy to talk-up his prospects for the 2008 Australian Masters starting on Thursday. “I&aposm more buoyant this year than I was last year,” said Chalmers at Huntingdale on Tuesday. “I bogeyed the last hole to miss the Q-School last year so it wasn&apost exactly a warm, fuzzy feeling coming back.” “If I can prepare properly over the next day or so and get my timing back I&aposll be fine and tear it up, hopefully.” The 1995 Australian Open champion credits coach Colin Swatton for upgrading not just the mechanics of his game, but his approach and mindset. “I think he made me more accountable for how I practice, how I prepare, how much work I&aposm doing,” Chalmers said. “He questions all the time – are you doing the work that&aposs required to keep a job at this level?” “Honestly, I wasn&apost for a while there and he made sure I put the yards in to get the results.” Winning back his tour card, Chalmers says, is vindication for staying positive and working hard. “It gives you a feeling of satisfaction that you&aposve reached a goal and achieved something positive.”