Date: November 18, 2006
Author: Luke Buttigieg

Coles confident of win

By Luke Buttigieg, Sportal Diminutive New South Welshman Gavin Coles might not regularly find himself in the headlines, but the 38-year-old dual Australasian PGA Tour winner says he has &aposas good a chance as any&apos to win the MFS Australian Open, and it&aposs hard to argue with him. Coles has already won the 2002 Jacob&aposs Creek Open and the 2004 New Zealand PGA Championship, and in 2006 he also broke through for his first American win at the Nationwide Tour&aposs Legend Financial Group Classic in Ohio in September. With those victories, both at home and abroad, behind him, Coles can&apost wait to test himself out again on the Royal Sydney layout on Sunday, hoping that more than a decade of hard work will pay off. “As good as anyone else,” he replied when asked if he thinks he can win. “I&aposve only got to go and play, as good as I can play and see what happens. I can&apost control what anyone else does.” “I&aposve been playing good so you never know, tomorrow I might make some putts and that might be the difference. I might actually feel a little better about the way I&aposm scoring.” “It&aposd be the icing on the cake for all the hard work I&aposve done over the last 14 years with (coach) Gary Edwin. I think I&aposm getting better every year and it&aposs just a matter of putting the scores on the board.” Coles may not be the game&aposs longest hitter, far from it, but he doesn&apost believe that&aposs a handicap and he is confident of joining Greg Norman, who could be set for his Australian golf farewell on Sunday, as a winner of the event. “I hit it short, so what. It&aposs all about scores and if I can score well tomorrow and hit it and play like I did today, and make some more putts from 15 to 20 feet, then it&aposs going to be a great feeling to have my name etched upon there with Mr Greg Norman,” he said. Coles showed his good humour too when he was describing his round, quipping “I definitely think I need a new seeing eye dog because I can&apost read them (the greens) either, it&aposs become quite difficult.” And while some players shy away from getting involved with the crowd during a round, Coles welcomed the initiatives that include fans being able to get inside the ropes, saying it&aposs good for the game. “You always do a bit of that, they&aposre out there for a bit of entertainment and I think you have to at least do something for them. Some guys don&apost do it but I&aposm not quite like that, I like to have a bit of a chat,” Coles said. “Sometimes that&aposs a good thing and sometimes it&aposs not.”