Current ISPS HANDA PGA of Australasia Order of Merit leader Daniel Nisbet has a score to settle when he arrives for the third MMC Northern Territory PGA Championship next month.
The Queenslander has played in the past two Championships but has had more time for site seeing around Darwin than he might have liked, having missed the cut for the weekend on both occasions.
Results from next week’s Fiji International will determine if Nisbet returns to Palmerston with his Order of Merit lead intact, but he will most certainly be using these two mid-season events as a golden opportunity to consolidate or even extend his position ahead of the flurry of events at the end of the year.
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The 27-year old’s Money List position is largely accounted for by his brilliant performance at the New Zealand Open in March, where he plundered The Hills and Millbrook courses with two eagles and 25 birdies to take out his biggest career title to date.
Nisbet’s 27-under par total not only inflated his bank account but earned him starts on the Japan Golf and Asian Tours over the course of the year, not to mention of course extending his exemption at home for a few more seasons.
Nisbet displayed a similar hot hand at the 2016 Clearwater Bay Open on the PGA Tour China where he shot a closing round of 64 and then eagled the first playoff hole to claim victory over American Alex Kang.
He has also been a winner previously on the PGA Tour of Australasia when he claimed the 2015 Morobe Open in Papua New Guinea, also in extra holes against Tim Hart, after holing a curling 25-foot birdie putt on the final green to force a playoff.
A repeat of exciting performances likes these will certainly make him a crowd pleaser and formidable opponent at Palmerston from August 16-19.