Professionals will tee off at the Lae Golf Club tomorrow morning, with a number of top Australian and New Zealand Professionals, vying for the coveted Morobe Open title.
Daniel Nisbet will return from his playoff victory over Tim Hart last year, looking to become the first back-to-back winner of the Morobe Open since Heath Reed in 2010/11.
"It was great to walk away with a win last year, especially when you consider it was my first trip up to Papua New Guinea," said Nisbet.
"There are a number of good players here and although I am quietly confident about the week ahead, I know I am going to have to be on my game if I am going to be in with a chance on Sunday. I am looking forward to that challenge and can't wait to get onto the course tomorrow afternoon."
Along with Nisbet, last year's runner-up Tim Hart heads into the week in hot form, firing a final round 61 at the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship to eventually lose out in a playoff to David Klein.
"My game has been on the rise for the past 18 months and although I have fallen short in recent times at big events, I know it's only a matter of time before I breakthrough," remarked Hart.
"This week is another great opportunity and as long as a few putts drop for me over the opening rounds, I will hopefully be in with a chance come Sunday afternoon."
Along with Nisbet, past champions in this year's field include Brad Burns (2007), Steven Jeffress (2008) and Michael Wright (2009).
Papua New Guinea have high hopes for their amateur players heading into the tournament after their amateur men and women's teams dominated the South Pacific Games last year.Soti Dinki, Brian Taikiri and Sammy Bob will lead the local charge this year, as they look to become the first Papua New Guinean player to win the Morobe Open since the PGA of Australia first sanctioned the tournament in 2000.
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