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Disappointing day at PGA Championship for Anthony Quayle

Quayle seen during his Keperra Bowl win (Photo: Bruce Young)
Perhaps the unluckiest player at RACV Royal Pines on day one of the PGA Championship was one who never even got to fire a shot in anger, namely the recently turned professional Anthony Quayle.

Quayle, who turned to the paid ranks just two weeks ago after a stellar amateur career which saw him win the Keperra Bowl in Brisbane and the North West Amateur Championship in the US, missed out in a playoff for the final spot in the field on Monday but was first alternate in the event of a player withdrawing.

Quayle sat in the foyer of Royal Pines Resort for nearly seven hours (first tee off was 6.00am)  awaiting for the call that would provide disappointment for the unlucky golfer forced to withdraw but a window of opportunity for Quayle.

Earlier in the day when still in hope of a start Quayle had said he would love to start his professional career at the Australian PGA Championship.

Out on the golf course a glimmer of hope appeared for Quayle when European Challenge Tour player in 2016 and now European Tour player, Portugal’s Jose Filipe Lima, was late for his opening round tee time which he was to start at the 10th tee.

Sitting just fifty metres away Quayle was oblivious to the opportunity that was developing but when he discovered that he had missed out on the one opportunity that was to present itself all day he was understandably disappointed.

That there was no communication between Quayle and whoever might have been a concern but the European Tour’s Chief Referee, John Paramor, whilst sympathetic to the plight of Quayle, said it was a difficult situation.

“He’s got the rough end of the stick," said the Englishman. “It’s one those things you would love to see him in the field but you can’t just put him in.  The situation is he has never been in the field – if Lima had said I am not playing with a minute to go, three minutes to go or a day to go he’s in the field and we are all happy.

“Lima was still in that field up until the time that the five minutes expired and we were putting everything in to find him as we knew he was playing and that he was looking forward to playing. He had after all played the pro-am yesterday.

“Anthony is a victim of circumstances as much as anything. If he was on the tee with the five minutes to go then we would have said now you can go.

“It’s normally a morning time that is the issue not an afternoon time when people miss their tee times. We knew he (Lima) was here but he could not be found.  

Quayle will live to fight another day but it was a disappointing start to what may well turn out to be a good professional career irrespective.

To add to the frustration for Quayle was that in Monday’s playoff he was headed by his very close friend Corey Crawford for the final place in the field.     




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