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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 273
PLAYER PROFILE TIN CUP TAKES ON JAPAN IT’S A LONG WAY FROM ARNHEM LAND TO TOKYO AND THE JAPANESE TOUR, BUT ANTHONY QUAYLE WILL SOON EMBARK ON THE NEXT LEG OF THIS JOURNEY. WORDS BY PAUL PRENDERGAST PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK WILSON & GETTY IMAGES A NTHONY Quayle grew up in Gove, a mining town on the north-east tip of the Northern Territory. The nearest town was a nine-hour drive away on a corrugated dirt round. You needed to snorkel in a four-wheel drive to get through two rivers.. Nobody in his family played golf, but he used to ride his bike past the local course on his way to school. When he wasn’t at the course he played a six-hole course around the family home, with baked bean tins used for holes. When this story emerged during the Australian Open a few months back, it earned the 23-year- old, who now lives on Queensland’s Gold Coast, the nickname ‘Tin Cup’. Quayle played his way into contention during the Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney, starting the final round five strokes behind a man who shared a similar upbringing to him at the Hills International College near Beaudesert, Jason Day. His Open campaign was on track for much of the front nine holes before a string of late bogies consigned him to a tie for 19th, ten shots back of eventual winner Cameron Davis. Despite his disappointment in the result, the experience playing his first Australian Open at end of his rookie season will linger long in ►
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