After an 18 month hiatus, the Queensland Open returns to the PGA Tour of Australasia this week. The tournament moving to Pelican Waters Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast. Here is all you need to know.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: New South Welshman Jordan Zunic finally gets the chance to defend the title he won at Brisbane Golf Club in late 2018 this week. Zunic carded a final round 73 for an 11-under total to defeat PGA Tour player Rhein Gibson by one shot.
COURSE: Measuring 6,289 metres, Pelican Waters Golf Club is a Greg Norman and Bob Harrison design that opened for play in 2000. Ranked No.74 on Golf Australia magazine's Top-100 for 2020, water comes into play on nearly all 18 holes.
Built on fairly flat land, Pelican Waters is a testament to the designers' vision and work on difficult terrain and will provide a stern test this week.
PLAYERS TO WATCH …
Michael Sim is unquestionably the man to watch this week on the Sunshine Coast. Sim was the eventual victor after a four hole play-off with Scott Arnold at last week's QLD PGA and is a past champion of this event. Sim's win came at Brisbane Golf Club in 2017 but his confidence will be sky high as he continues to evaluate the future of his playing career.
RIGHT: Zunic shows the crowd the spoils after winning the Queensland Open in 2018.. PHOTO: PGA of Australia.
The defending champion Jordan Zunic closed with a 64 at last week's QLD PGA that suggests he is in good form as he tries to keep the trophy in his possession. It is a different venue and over 12 months since he won his Queensland Open, but Zunic has a game that suits Pelican Waters well.
Local amateur Sarah Wilson will join Becky Kay (2018) as the only women to play the Queensland Open, Wilson emerging through ore-qualifying at the tournament host venue earlier this week to earn her place. Wilson is based on the Sunshine Coast and it is worth watching to see how she fares against the men as the exciting prospect continues to develop.
Anthony Quayle extended his streak of top-20 finishes to seven last week at City Golf Club in Toowoomba, the Gold Coast based Japan Tour player unquestionably disappointed by a closing 73 that saw him finish T7. Quayle is still yet to win as a professional but it can't be far away.
72-HOLE RECORD: Ryan Haller closed with a 65 at Gainsborough Greens on the Gold Coast for a tournament total of 268.
RECENT WINNERS: Michael Sim (2017), Brett Coletta (2016), David Bransdon (2015) Andrew Dodt (2014) and Nick Cullen (2013).