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Name: Peter Lawrence Lonard
Birth Date: 17th July 1967
Birth Place:
Poplars Hospital, Epping, Sydney
Height: 182.5cm
Weight: 95kg
Educated: East Denistone Primary, Marist Brothers Eastwood
Drives: Holden Commodore SS and Ford Lincoln Truck in US
Favourite Food: Barbecued
Favourite Music: Jimmy Barnes
Favourite Sports: Motor racing V8 Supercars, keen interest all sports.
Favourite teams: Member-supporter Canterbury Bulldogs; Sydney Swans
Sports Inspirations: Greg Norman and Pat Rafter
Residences: Sydney, Australia, Keene's Point, Orlando, Florida
Golf Coach: David Leadbetter
Golf Management: Michael Graham - Quest Group Golf

Amateur Career

Played only at school and club level. First ever game of golf 1980,Cadet Member Oatlands, later Junior
Member Ryde-Parramatta, winningclub junior championship, his only amateur title. Currently Member ofThe Lakes Golf Club.

Professional Career

PGA of Australia Member since 1988 after completing three year PGATraineeship at The Lakes and Oatlands golf clubs in Sydney. Joined PGATour of Australasia 1988, European PGA Tour 1990 and US PGA Tour 2002. Oatlands Golf Club professional 1994-1997.

Career Overview

Since beginning his play for pay career in 1989 Peter has now won about $A20 million playing in Australia (about A$3.45 million), Europe (A$5million) and the US (A$12 million) until the end of 2008.

He began playing the Australasian Tour in 1989 (earning about A$20,000 to retain his top-60 playing card and finishing 57th on the Order of Merit) and graduated to the European Tour from Qualifying School in 1991 (failed to keep Tour Card earning just A$40,000 to finish 143rd and did little better the following year for 127th with aboutA$100,000). He won about A$140,000 in 1991 in Australia to finisheighth on the money list.

In 1992 his health deteriorated but not realising the extent of his illness (the chronic fatigue Ross River Fever) played on and earnedjust over $25,000 in following 18 months. His weight soared to about 120kg due to his chronic fatigue as he slowly recovered from illness and in 1994 he was offered position as club pro at Oatlands Golf Club, north of Parramatta, where he had served his PGA Traineeship. An Oatlands club member  who was an eye specialist, diagnosed treatment for his poor eyesight which was affected by the Ross River Fever and he then began to regain his golf game.

While still the club pro at Oatlands in 1995, Peter pre-qualified for tournaments and regained Tour card by finishing 27th on money list with $45,000. In 1996 and '97 played 19 events, making the weekend cut 16 times and finished in the top 10 on 12 occasions.

In 1997 became the first club pro to win the Australasian Tour Order of Merit, the first club pro to win the Ericsson Masters (beating amongst others Tiger Woods), the first player to break 70 in all four rounds of the Masters and set an Australasian Tour money-winning record of $484,534. Returned as a fulltime Tournament Player in 1997 and played with success in Europe and Australia from 1997-2001 winning the 2000 Ford Open in Adelaide and the 2001 ANZ Tour Championship at Concord both times using a short putter.

In 2001, after finishing 15th in the US Tour's Memorial Tournament anevent to which he was invited for finishing second on the Australian OOM and inspired also by good mate Paul Gow's US Tour success, Peter decided to try for his US Tour card for the first time at age 34.

Shot 22 under par for six rounds to finish 10th at the US PGA Tour Qualifying School in December 2001.

In 2002 in the US he played in 24 US Tour events, making the weekendcut in every tournament except one and very nearly won the US Tour Rookie of the Year. He won about $2.7 million in the US the result of four top-10 finishes, 14 top-25 finishes. His best finish was when third behind Tiger Woods and Ernie Els at the Genuity Championship at Doral. It was a start that all but guaranteed him status for 2003.

More especially impressive in his first year was his performance in the majors finishing 11th, 14th and 17th in the US Open, the British Open and the PGA respectively. His 11th place at the US Open at Bethpage came despite a triple bogey in his last round.

Peter finished 2002 in spectacular fashion, jointly winning the Australian PGA with Jarrod Moseley and then going on to win the MasterCard Masters in a three-way playoff with Adam Scott and Gavin Coles.

In 2003 he again had a good year in the US, missing just five of 26 cuts and making close to $A2 million. His biggest cheque (US$390,000)came when finishing 4th at the Accenture Match Play Championship aftermaking it to the semi-finals. He qualified to play the Presidents Cupteam in South Africa and won his singles match against Fred Funk.

Peter returned to Australia to finish fifth at the MasterCard Masters,fifth at the Australian PGA Championship and then won his first Australian Open with a come from behind win at Moonah Links. He topped the Australasian Tour Order of Merit that year and reached a careerhigh of 28 in the World Ranking.

The early days of 2004 however saw a rib injury incurred in a training mishap which set him back six weeks, perhaps more, and he was on the back foot for most of the 2004 season. There were occasional good finishes including a fifth at the Bell South Classic and a fourth placeat the Irish Open after leading into the final round. He safely kept his USPGA Tour card but it would be on his return home where he would set the golfing world alight.

After winning the NSW Open, a Von Nida Tour event he played as a warmup to the Australian Open, he would win the Hillross Australian Open after coming from three back on the final day, then the next week won the Australian PGA Championship by two after starting the last round three behind. It swept him to the lead in the Australasian Tour Order of Merit but because he had not played the required amount of events he would not be eligible for that title. The event he was not able to play because of his rib injury but that he had committed to was the Heineken Classic. Despite his request for an exemption it was denied. He was a moral victor if not an official one.

A week later Peter ended his 2004 season with an eighth place at the Mastercard Masters.

In 2005, Peter's year began promisingly with a fourth place finish atthe Bob Hope Chrysler Classic but after a brief return to Australia to play the Heineken he struggled on his return to the US. After yet another disappointing US Masters, Peter made the decision to return to the short putter for the following week's event. Without even a practice round and with little practice with the new putter, he won his first ever event outside of Australia when he held off Darren Clarke to win the MCI Heritage Classic at the famed Harbour Town Links at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

A month later he finished third at the Bank of America Colonial Classic on another quality layout in Fort Worth but while there was the occasional flash of good golf, the rest of the year promised much but delivered little. Still it was a breakthrough year in so many ways. He had won internationally and on the USPGA Tour for the first time. He had confirmed status on the PGA Tour for two full years and had positioned himself for consideration by Gary Player for inclusion on the Presidents Cup Team. He made that team and won his singles match against Stewart Cink.

He played the Australian Open, the Australian PGA and the MasterCardMasters late in the year where his best finish was 6th at the Masters.