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Daniel Nisbet hoping for change of fortune

Nisbet enjoying his day at Twin Creeks (Photo: Henry Peters)
When Queenslander Daniel Nisbet finished his second round of 68 to go with his opening round of 64 at this week’s NSW Open at the Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in Sydney’s west he had a share of the lead in the A$400,000 event along with American Kramer Hickock and West Australian Jarryd Felton.

For the 27 year-old Queenslander this weekend is an important one. Not only is he aiming to win his first PGA Tour of Australasia but he is equally focused on doing enough this weekend to just retain his card for the right to play the Tour in 2018.

Currently 78th on the Australasian Tour money list he needs a good cheque or two over the next few weeks to ensure he has his status for next year.

He does have a start at the Australian Open and the PGA Championship but nothing like striking while the iron is hot and, thus far at least, it appears very hot this week.

For the former Australian Junior Champion he has as yet not fulfilled much of the promise he had as a junior and amateur where his wins included not only the Australian Junior Championship and Lake Macquarie Amateur but a win at the time honoured Players Amateur in South Carolina, one of the more significant events in the US summer of amateur events.

A switch to Gold Coast based coach Richard Woodhouse two years ago began to yield results for the highly talented Caboolture raised golfer when securing his very first professional victory at the China Tour’s Clearwater Bay Open in Hong Kong 2016.

That earned Nisbet the right to play that tour again in 2017 but with uncertainties about that tour's future in 2017 and some illness issues he has played mainly on the Canadian and Australasian Tours this year with only limited success.

When asked where he was considering playing next year it was a case of first things first for Nisbet.

“I just want to try and confirm my standing on this Tour and not have to go back to Tour School but likely I might think about playing the China Tour which appears as if it was get back as being sanctioned by the PGA Tour and then perhaps consider the Japan Tour qualifying next year.

“Working with Richard (Woodhouse) has been great. He knows so much and the facilities at KDV on the Gold Coast where he operates out of are first class. Richard is proving to be very popular with a lot of the tour players now which is a reflection on how good he is."

Nisbet is too good a player to be worrying about retaining his status on the Australasian Tour and hopefully this weekend he can provide further proof of just that.






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