Date: January 20, 2017
Author: PGA of Australia

T-Mac conquers Q-school

Queenslander Taylor Macdonald has won the 2017 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Q-school, presented by Cobra Puma, in Melbourne.

Macdonald will be exempt into almost all events on the PGA’s schedule after pulling away from the pack in testing conditions to win by four at 17 under par at Sandhurst.

“It was very tough out there, but you can’t overpower Melbourne weather, I just had to play my game,” Macdonald said.

“It didn’t look great this morning, warming up on the range it was pouring and blowing, luckily enough it stopped by the time we teed off.”

By the time the leading group started play, conditions had died down, yet a strong wind remained and played havoc with most of the field

Macdonald said while his driving has been good all week, his putting in round three set him up with a platform to take out the tournament.

“I’ve been putting great but yesterday they all just seemed to drop. That was the strongest part of my game this week.”

Macdonald’s win earned him a Category 7(a) exemption in to the 2017 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia which sits just below winners of state-based championships and above the career money category, a ticket Macdonald will use to gain entry in to the upcoming tournaments.

“Next for me will be the Vic PGA and Vic Open, I’ll try and do the full year in Australia now I’ve got a guaranteed spot on the Tour.”

Earning a Category 10 exemption and were Andrew Martin (13 under), Josh Younger (12 under), Christopher Wood (11 under) and Josh Cabban (11 under).

Players who finished sixth through to 40th plus ties receive Category 13 exemption.