16 July 2017
As the clock ticks down to the much anticipate second staging of the Northern Territory PGA Championship - presented by Cazalys Palmerston, the entry list continues to build with a host of winners on Tours from around the world confirming their first or a return appearance at Palmerston.
From the current ISPS HANDA PGA Tour or Australasia season alone, two-time winner Dimitrios Papadatos, Cory Crawford, Damien Jordan, Jarryd Felton and Daniel Pearce have signaled their intentions to play in the Top End, but the list of winners doesn’t stop there.
Recent entrants include NSW veteran Nathan Green, former European winner Mark Brown of New Zealand and Web.com and PGA Tour of Australasia winners Jarrod Lyle and Aron Price.
The ever-popular Green has only recently returned home from the U.S. where he played 209 events on the PGA TOUR over 11 seasons. The highlight of his time on Tour was undoubtedly his performance in winning the 2009 Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in a two-hole playoff with two-time U.S. Open champion, Retief Goosen.
Four-time Web.com Tour winner Michael Sim, will be returning to Palmerston for his second appearance after finishing tied 20th last year.
Sim won three times in the 2009 Web.com season to become the first Australian to earn an immediate ‘battlefield promotion’ to the PGA TOUR. He also finished tied 18th in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black that season as was paired with world number one Tiger Woods in the final round.
Prior to the inaugural event, tournament promoters and NT officials suspected most of the field would not have played golf in or visited the Territory before and that they’d be highly impressed by the modern facilities and natural beauty of the Darwin area.
Sim’s comments after the conclusion of the final round last year certainly echoed what most players had experienced during their week in the Top End.
“It’s been a good week, went down the markets which was quite an experience and had a look around some of the new waterfront areas, which were really nice.” Sim said.
“It was a fun course to play with two different nines. The strength of the course would be the par-threes, with most of them playing into the wind this week.”
“It’s great that the Tour is up here and that the tournament will continue into the future.”
2014 Fiji International winner Steven Jeffress (pictured) will also be back in town after playing all four rounds in 2016.
“It was a great week. The tournament was organised superbly, it couldn’t have been organised any better.” Jeffress said.
“A lot of the boys have been down the beach and they loved it, the jets flying by and the markets and that sort of thing.”
“It was my first time up in Darwin and hopefully it gets bigger and better in the years to come.”