New South Welshman Jake Higginbottom will be eager to pick up where he left off when he joins a 12-strong Australian assault on the Asian Tour’s Yeangder TPC tournament in Chinese Taipei this week.
A freakish talent who can go ultra low when the button is pushed, Higginbottom was one of only two players – along with tournament victor John Catlin – to shoot 65 around the Linkou International Golf and Country Club layout last October and he did so on the back of a blistering final nine holes.
Eight of nine greens in regulation and just 12 putts led to six straight birdies on a storming run home to the clubhouse that elevated him to a tie for 11th.
Tied for seventh in the same event in 2017, Higginbottom comes into this week on the back of his best finish in Asia since January, tied for 22nd at last week’s Bank BRI Indonesia Open that moved him up 44th in the Habitat for Humanity Order of Merit.
The leading Aussie on the Order of Merit playing this week is Victorian Zach Murray who finished level with Higginbottom in Jakarta last week and currently sits sixth in the Habitat for Humanity standings.
Winner of the New Zealand Open earlier this year, Murray has missed the cut in just one of the seven four-round events he has contested this year and ranks fourth on tour for birdies and sixth for total number of eagles.
West Australian Daniel Fox will be hoping to build on his best ever result in Asia this week with Marcus Fraser, Daniel Nisbet, Jason Norris, Josh Younger, Travis Smyth, Andrew Martin, Steven Jeffress, Jarryd Felton and Terry Pilkadaris rounding out the Aussie representatives with Ben Campbellto fly the flag for the Kiwis.
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