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Peter stages late rally at PGA Championship
Written by Bruce Young   
Saturday, 05 December 2015

As Peter stood on the 17th hole of his second round at the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines, he was at 7 over par for the tournament and looking a forlorn hope of making it inside the cut line. The final two holes of the layout have been strengthened considerably and there was no guarantee of the one birdie he needed to make it to the weekend.

Peter would not only make that birdie he would do even better. His tee shot at the par four 17th was down the left leaving a good angle to the back right flag. His approach pitched in the middle of the green then jumped up the gentle tier and found the bottom of the hole for an eagle. He was at 5 under and inside the cut line.

But just for good measure Peter would also birdie the final hole to cap off a remarkable comeback.

While back in 38th position, Peter is only seven shots from David Lingmerth's lead and two strong finishing rounds could make things interesting over the weekend.  

 

 
Need for bounceback from Peter
Written by Bruce Young   
Thursday, 03 December 2015

Peter tees it up in the PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines this week looking to get things back on track after a disappointing run through the flagship events at the Australian Masters and the Australian Open.

Having missed the cut at both events after what had been an encouraging 4th at the NSW Open, Peter is looking to rediscover that form as he plays an event that has meant so much to his career.

Peter has won the PGA Championship on three occasions, all of those at Hyatt Regency Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, the first coming in a tied result in 2002 when he and West Australian Jarrod Moseley could not split themselves in a playoff that ended in darkness.

The strengthened Royal Pines Resort provides a strong challenge and Peter will look to take advantage of his strategic game as he looks to overcome the Graham Marsh redesigned layout.    

 

 
Signs of bounceback for Peter at Australian Open
Written by Bruce Young   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015

 

Peter is in good spirits for this week's Australian Open at the Australian Golf Club despite his missed cut at last week's UNIQLO Masters event in Melbourne, a return to one of his favourite golf courses not the only catalyst but an important one as he looks to re-gather after his lacklustre performance at Huntingdale.

Peter won the 2004 Australian Open at this venue and has always stated that it is on his favourite list of courses.

During the time he had off last weekend he did some extra work on righting the wrong that crept into his game last week and he was excited by the improvment.

Time will tell of course but after his impressive 4th place finish at the NSW Open he is keen to rebuild the momentum and record a good week at the Australian Golf Club ahead of next week's PGA Championship.

Peter also took part in a ceremony for 19 former Australian Open champions which took place during this week's 100th anniversary of the Australian Open where he and 18 other golfers ranging from the 85 year old Peter Thomson to the 22 year old Jordan Spieth played their part in what was a very special celebration of their respective victories.  

Peter at today's Champions ceremony

 
Momentum slowed as Peter misses cut
Written by Bruce Young   
Saturday, 21 November 2015

In what has proven to be a disappointing week for Peter he has missed the cut at the UNIQLO Masters at Huntingdale after rounds of 75 and 72 left him two short of the required mark.

After an overall impressive week at the NSW Open last week it was frustrating that Peter was unable to build on that momentum. 

His opening round of 75 in the excellent morning conditions on Thursday left him well behind the eightball and although he showed signs of a recovery through his opening nine holes in Friday's second round, dropped shots over the closing stages cost him a chance to play the weekend.

Next up for Peter is the Australian Open Championship at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney next week. It is a golf course that is one of Peter's favourites and the venue for one of his two Australian Open wins.

 

 
Mixed emotions at NSW Open
Written by Bruce Young   
Monday, 16 November 2015

 

It was with perhaps mixed emotions that Peter finished in a share of 4th position at the NSW Open at Stonecutter's Ridge in the west of Sydney.

Delight in as much it was his best performance in a tournament for several years but some level of frustration that he let an opportunity to finish much closer slip from his grasp.

Peter headed into the final round four shots behind the eventual winner Ben Eccles, the amateur from Geelong. Peter made a horror start, dropping three shots early but fought his way back and when he arrived at the par five last a birdie there might well have seen him finish in outright second. 

Unfortunately, however, Peter bogeyed the last and instead of finishing alone in second position he finished in a five way tie for 4th. 

Still it was a week that had followed two cuts made in the two events in Western Australia earlier in November.

Peter now heads to Huntingdale in Melbourne, the scene of his two Australian Masters Championship wins, and his encouraging form of late gives him reason to believe he could again do well.

Photo shows Peter in action during final round (photo Golf NSW)

 
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