Date: May 18, 2009
Author: Sportal

Sim on verge of US Tour

Australian Michael Sim is one win away from an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour after claiming his second Nationwide Tour title of the season. The 24-year-old won the BMW Charity Pro-Am in a play-off after he and Fabian Gomez both finished at 22-under-par. The victory was worth US$126,000 and pushed his season total to US$367,417, more than $200,000 clear of his nearest rival. The former world No.1-ranked amateur has enjoyed a stellar season, his two wins sandwiching a play-off loss at the Athens Regional Foundation Classic. Sim also has a third place and a tie for fourth this season. “It&aposs exciting to play golf like this and to be in contention every week,” said Sim. “I want to get back up there and play on the PGA Tour and to be playing golf like this is giving me a lot of confidence.” “I had a great off-season and I sat down with my coaches and set some goals for the year.” I hadn&apost really been doing that lately. My biggest goal was to try and win three times. I also wanted to finish No.1 on the money list.” Sim carried a three-shot lead going into the final round, but that was evaporated after the first hole, when he shot a double bogey and Gomez made birdie. The pair both had the sole lead at various stages during the final round, but finished all square after the 18 to force the third play-off in the tournament&aposs 18-year-history. Sim made par in the play-off hole, while Gomez missed his six-foot par putt to give the Australian the victory. “When I walked to the second tee I wasn&apost too worried,” said Sim. “I knew I was playing well and I knew there were a lot of holes left. I just needed to give myself some chances. I did feel like I let the field back in.” “I was sort of struggling with my swing all day. My short game was good today. It definitely kept me in the tournament.” Fellow Aussie Cameron Percy carded a 13-under total while Scott Gardiner was a stroke further back. Sim now heads south for the Mexico Open knowing a victory will give him an immediate &aposBattlefield Promotion&apos to the PGA Tour, just as compatriot Nick Flanagan did in 2007.