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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 273
capitalise; and that’s not just with a round to play, that was with four or five holes to play on Sunday. I feel like those experiences hardened me and you need that for Q-Schools as they can be incredibly difficult, especially if you get behind early. It makes for a really long week and a real grind,” Quayle said. “So I feel like those experiences which were a little frustrating at the time, helped harden me and create a little match fitness for the pressure cooker situation that is Q-School. “I learned a lot about myself in the three weeks (NSW Open, Australian Open and Qualifying School) at the end of the year, contending in them and with the travel, being a rookie professional.” His good form has continued into 2018 with a tie for 3rd at the Oates Vic Open that concluded on the weekend. He finished three strokes out of the play-off at 13th Beach and will rue a 74 in the third round that saw him drift back into the pack heading into Sunday. As focussed as he is now on his preparation for the main Japan Tour schedule which kicks off in earnest in April, like most young players, Quayle makes no bones about the fact that he covets a desire to join the US PGA Tour in the near future. He’s watched former Queensland Academy team mate Cameron Smith make the grade and become a winner without having to take the arduous Web.com pathway and he’d like nothing better than to emulate him. “The toss up for me was between Japan and European Tour schools. Europe is obviously an incredible Tour but you sort of have to base yourself over there and I’m only in my second year as a professional. The thinking was with Japan that I could base myself here, still work with my coach (Ken Berndt) and be relatively close to my family,” he said. “There’s also the chance to get into some ► PLAYER PROFILE I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT MYSELF IN THE THREE WEEKS (NSW OPEN, AUSTRALIAN OPEN AND QUALIFYING SCHOOL) AT THE END OF THE YEAR, CONTENDING IN THEM AND WITH THE TRAVEL, BEING A ROOKIE PROFESSIONAL.
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