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Travis Smyth - from Indiana to Seoul

Smyth (Photo: Henry Peters)
Australian golfer, Travis Smyth, keen to take advantage of starts wherever he can get them in the formative stages of his professional career, has flown across the Pacific this week to tee it up at the Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship in Seongnam just outside of Seoul.

The event is being jointly sanctioned between the Asian Tour and Korea Golf Association and is the first of three Asian Tour events to be played in Korea this year.

It is the first time since 2008 the event has been played as an Asian Tour event as in recent years it was played under the One Asia Tour banner. 

Smyth, who last week managed to Monday qualify for a Web.Com Tour event in Indiana, is taking advantage of a start he gains this week courtesy of his standing via the Asian Tour qualifying earlier this year in which he tied for 3rd.

He only just gets to tee it up however as those just behind him in Asian Tour qualifying are on the reserve bench and his start was a late decision due to the uncertainty of his eligibility. 

This, though, will be the first time he utilises his Asian Tour standing this year as in the two other jointly sanctioned events in which the Asian Tour has been involved in Perth and New Zealand, his PGA Tour of Australasia standing, which he has courtesy of his win at the NT PGA last year, has kicked in.

Last week was a battle for Smyth, missing the cut by many shots and other than an 11th place finish in New Zealand his form this year has been disappointing, missing four of five cuts in 2018.

Smyth will be joined by his fellow Australians Scott Hend, Daniel Nisbet, Terry Pilkadaris, Jake Higginbottom and Junseok Lee.

The winner this week will secure a cheque for the equivalent of A$325,000.

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