Popovic starts season on home soil

Monday, 7 January 2013
Daniel Popovic
Daniel Popovic

2012 Australian PGA Championship winner Daniel Popovic will open his 2013 season at his home course for the Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic from the 24 – 27 January 2013.

Winning the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola at the end of last year as a Tour rookie was a dream come true for Popovic but he is now firmly focused on the year ahead.

“I’m playing a full season on the PGA Tour of Australasia, playing all the big ones and also the OneAsia tour,” said Popovic who, thanks to his win, earned starts in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, WGC HSBC Champions and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

“With the tournaments overseas in Europe and America I want to try and gain some entries into more tournaments around those ones.”

“This year is going to be a completely different lifestyle to what I had before so I have to be a lot more organised, a lot more meticulous in what I do and the way I go about things at a tournament.”

“I feel that I want to make myself a better golfer and a better manager of my life as well.”

His home course, the Heritage Golf and Country Club will be the perfect setting for Popovic to compete in his first PGA Tour of Australasia tournament since his momentous victory.

“I love the golf course and I am sure that every player that comes out here is going to love it as much as I do.”

“It’s probably in my top-five favourite courses that I have played in my life; it’s going to be fantastic I can’t wait.”

“It’s going to be an exciting time at my home course and being one of the favourites to win, it is a little bit of pressure but I am going to take it on my chin and give it my best shot.”

Having played the Jack Nicklaus signature designed layout for 11 years, Daniel Popovic will have a distinct advantage over many in the field, who will play the course for the first time during the inaugural Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic.

“I have based my golf game around that golf course because I have played there for 10 or 11 years, so the course just suits me perfectly.”

“I am there every single day that I am in Melbourne, I know there are a lot of spots on the golf course that you can’t go and if they get the greens hard and fast there are pins that you have to be on the right side of the fairway to attack.”

“Going into that week I am going to have a better insight into the course than a lot of the other guys.”

While his family was sadly absent during the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola, Popovic hopes yo replicate his success this time in front of his father and a home crowd.

“Having Dad watch me play on my home course in a tournament with tournament conditions is going to be fantastic.”

“Obviously he wasn’t up in Coolum but it was a pretty special moment getting home. Walking off the green at 18 at Coolum it would have been really very special if he had been there but if it does happen at my home course, the Heritage then it’s going to be even better.”

“I hope that a lot of people can come out and support the tournament at the Heritage and I look forward to seeing everyone there.”