This week the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia moves to Papua New Guinea for the SP PNG Open.
This event continues to grow each year and provides local players with opportunity to mix it with the Tour's best players. A quick glance at the history reveals that the past two events since gaining ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia status have been decided in a playoff. You don't have to be the Tour Insider to work out that this week's event will likely be a tight contest as well.
It is fitting as I write this on ANZAC Day that Damien is on top of the list of picks this week. His military background has been well documented and it wouldn't surprise to see Damien carry the ANZAC Spirit all the way to victory this week. Form at the course in the past has been good and he is coming off a solid result in last week's warm up event in Lae.
Last week's winner in Lae who will go in full of confidence and could prove the man to beat in his first season as a professional. Although not a full Tour member this guy has the game to compete on Tour and as one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, TI would love to see him go back-to-back in PNG.
Another guy who has just turned professional but he has made an impressive start to his career. He recently secured his playing status in Canada and he will head across there after the TX Civil & Logistics WA PGA Championship next month. Ruben completed his college degree in the U.S. at Iowa State and loves to compete. Another of the Tour's nice guys, he may just be the man standing on top at the end of the week.
Another who is recently turned professional and warmed up well in Lae last week by shooting a final round 61. You may have noticed the trend with TI believing one of these young guys have a great opportunity to jump start their playing career this week in PNG. Cameron is no doubt up to this challenge despite his young age he enjoyed a good amateur career and is not afraid to hold up a trophy.
Simply too good a player not to have won on his home Tour yet. Now that ‘little big brother’ Anthony is also playing on the Tour, that might just be the extra motivation required to get him over the line. After all who likes being beaten by their younger brother! Rumour has it Anthony has James covered on the bench press so James would be keen to show who's the boss on the golf course!
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