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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 273
PLAYER PROFILE the memory. “I loved every minute of the week. I was leading my first-ever Australian Open at one point, I had a putt for 29 on the front nine to be leading my first Open by a couple of shots,” he said. “The media attention I was getting around my upbringing in the Northern Territory, my relationship with Jason Day through Hills, it was all very surreal but I feel like I was lucky that I had the maturity to cope and be able to sit back and enjoy it, rather than getting caught up in the moment. “I haven’t played in front of that many people before but I was surprised by how comfortable I was. I think I got on well with all the fans and they started to learn about my story growing up where I created a golf course at home in Gove out of baked beans tins.” “I had people calling out ‘Go Tin Cup’ so it was awesome to have a lot of support out there that week.” Astute golf watchers should be committing Anthony Quayle’s name to memory. He is a star on the rise and by all accounts, a very fast learner. As Cameron Smith and Jordan Zunic were battling it out for the Australian PGA title near Quayle’s home on the Gold Coast the following week, Quayle was putting the icing on highly successful rookie season – Quayle made 11 out of 11 cuts to finish 27th on the local Order of Merit – by securing his immediate future as a member of the Japan Golf Tour at the Final Stage of their Qualifying Tournament. “I won Stage I and came about 15th in Stage II to get through.” Quayle said. “The first day in the Final Stage, I was a little bit tired but I think I birdied the last four holes to get to two-under. I went on to shoot 21-under to finish fourth so everything turned out really well.” Quayle has shown a penchant in his short professional career to seize the moments that cross his path. His initial attempt to win a main tour card fell a few strokes shy at the 2016 Web.com Tour but three weeks later, Quayle was able to win his card to play the 2017 Australian circuit. His play in 2017 was consistent and not without opportunity to take the next step as a tour winner. “I put myself in three or four situations last year where I could have won but didn’t ► I HAD PEOPLE CALLING OUT ‘GO TIN CUP’ SO IT WAS AWESOME TO HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT OUT THERE THAT WEEK.
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