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PGA Tour of Australasia Heads for the Desert

Stephen Dartnall - chasing a return to form and a successful defence (Photo: Bruce Young)
The PGA Tour of Australasia's eighth event of its 2017 season gets underway on Thursday when the WA PGA is played at the Graham Marsh-designed Kalgoorlie Golf Course in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

The event is being staged without its regular supporting tournament, the WA Open, which will now be held in October.

As a consequence, the WA PGA will be the last event on the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule until the Fiji International in August.

Western Australian Stephen Dartnall will defend the title he won by a shot over Lindsay Wilson and Aaron Pike last year but the issue for Dartnall is that he has missed his last four cuts on the PGA Tour of Australasia.  

Ashley Hall - who finished eighth in the event last year - is the leading world ranked player in the field but his most recent form, after what had been a great run in late 2016, has dropped off.

Dimi Papadatos won the Victorian Open in February and finished sixth at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open after being in the mix all week. He has missed his last two cuts in Toowoomba and Korea but heads to Kalgoorlie among the favourites.

Matthew Millar and Jarryd Felton are the next leading world ranked Australians in the field, Millar with several good results of late including a runner-up result at his last start at the Queensland PGA Championship.

There will be a lot of interest in local golfer Min Woo Lee who has developed into Australia’s top-ranked amateur and who, if he was able to replicate the sort of form that saw him finish sixth at the Victorian Open, could be a factor.  

Lee, last year's US Junior Champion and sister to Australian LPGA Tour star Minjee, is expected to have a great future in the game. A win in this event is not beyond him.

The tournament carries prize-money of $110,000 and is a Tier 2 event on the PGA Tour of Australasia. 

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Bruce Young
About The Author : Bruce Young

A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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