After a near miss at the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open last week Terry Pilkadaris will be seeking revenge at the European Tour co-sanctioned Indian Open in New Delhi come Thursday.
The 44-year-old played some sterling golf on the opening two days at the unorthodox DLF course last year to be inside the top-10 but stumbled badly on a difficult Saturday to tumble more than 30 places down the standings.
His eventual T40 finish was predominantly a result of that third round 80 but on current form it is difficult to see him succumbing to such mistakes this week.
It was an impressive display from Pilkadaris over the opening three rounds, where he made just one bogey for the week, in New Zealand and only a cold putter on Sunday allowed Daniel Nisbet to pass him for the title, a disappointment that will likely be motivation this week.
Pilkadaris and David Gleeson are the two Asian Tour players among the eight Australians in the field, European regulars Wade Oemsby, Scott Hend, Marcus Fraser, Jason Norris, Andrew Dodt and Jason Scrivener are also in the field.
Like Pilkadaris, Ormsby comes off a week where he posted three good rounds after his debut WGC appearance in Mexico.
The reigning UBS Hong Kong Open champion was on the back foot from the outset after posting an opening round 79 at the Chapultapec course but put up a brave fight over the last three rounds.
From 8-over on day one he fought his way back to 2-over at week’s end, testament to both his mental strength and the state of his physical game.
Andrew Dodt, Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser all played last week in Queenstown, Dodt and Fraser both finishing under par while Hend, unexpectedly it must be said, missed the cut.
All will find this week’s course a unique challenge, the Gary Player design seeing only seven players break par for 72 holes when it made its debut last year.
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