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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 222
E XPECTATION can do funny things to people. Almost 12 months ago to the day, Nathan Holman appeared destined for the year of his life – a breakout season that would put him on the world golf map and cement his place as one of Australia’s brightest young prospects. Having just strung together five very credible performances in Europe, Asia and Australia – four of them results inside the top 25 – the Melburnian arrived at the Australian PGA Championship full of beans and with nothing to lose. So he didn’t. Lose anything, that is. Holman chased down America’s Harold Varner III and South African Dylan Frittelli in the final round before surging past them in a playoff to capture his first professional title and a $300,000+ prize cheque, while also earning the potentially greater reward of a two-year exemption on the European Tour. Ranked 318th in the world prior to the victory, three months later Holman had clawed his way inside the top 150, after finishing 56th at the WGC- Cadillac Championship, to which he’d been invited as part of his winner’s package at Royal Pines. Confidence was high, as were expectations that the results would continue flowing. But almost nine months after that WGC performance, Holman’s result sheet reads: 19 starts, 10 missed cuts, two withdrawals, and only one top 30 performance since the start of May. IT’S A BATTLE THAT FACES SO MANY YOUNG STARS WHEN THEY ACHIEVE SUCCESS EARLIER THAN PREDICTED, BUT IT’S ONE FOR WHICH THOSE BEHIND THE SCENE SAY HE’S WELL AND TRULY PREPARED.
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