Schedule change boosts Guyatt

Thursday, 15 November 2012
Matthew Guyatt
Matthew Guyatt

Unheralded Queenslander Matthew Guyatt was thankful for a decision to skip a Pro-Am earlier this week in favour of honing his preparations at Kingston Heath, a move he credits for his surprise opening-round lead at the Talisker Masters.

Guyatt was due to front up at the Woodlands Golf Club on Monday but opted to take a first look at the famed layout amid Melbourne's world-renowned sandbelt.

The result was a first-round seven-under 65 that included eight birdies and a bogey and saw him snare the outright lead from friend Adam Scott and Ian Poulter.

"Yeah, I was due to play at the Woodlands on the Monday down here, the big Pro-Am and in the end pulled out and thought: 'I've never played Kingston Heath, I need to spend more time here'," Guyatt told reporters.

"So I flew in early Monday morning and came here and spent the day here just chipping and putting and starting to understand the ball and how firm the greens are.

"At the moment, that proved to be a pretty good decision, yeah."

Guyatt finds himself among esteemed company, with the likes of Scott and Poulter lurking just two shots back, but the 37-year-old, who knows Australia's top-ranked player through a mutual friend, said he was at ease with the overnight leader status.

"I'm not going to get ahead of myself, it's the first day of four and we all know that it takes four good days to win a tournament, particularly against the calibre of those guys," he said.

"Adam, being a Queensland boy, I caught up with him yesterday actually before the Pro-Am in the morning and he wished me well and I wished him well.

"At the end of the day, I'd love to beat all those guys, there's no doubt about that, but (there's) a long way to go and hopefully I just sleep well and get a bit of a feed and I'm obviously up pretty early in the morning."

What made the first-round heroics more impressive was the revelation that he almost gave the game away soon after turning professional in 1999.

With a form slump and family commitments taking their toll, Guyatt took a hiatus from the sport in favour of playing local footy in Queensland, before teaming up with golf psychologist Karl Morris, who also presides over the tournament's marquee man Graeme McDowell.

With a passion for golf and his confidence reignited, Guyatt is not content with stealing headlines from the big names for just one day and is eyeing more birdies in the second round of the PGA Tour of Australasia event.

"I'm certainly not looking to make an impasse tomorrow, I'm looking at hopefully improving," he said.

"And you always want to shoot under par as many as you can, so that's what I'll be going out with the mindset tomorrow."

Posted by Andrew Allpas at 16/11/2012 12:05 AM
A great result by a great bloke. Keep it going MG you're a class act!!