Lonard show­ing signs

Inside Golf - - News -

NEW South Welsh­man Peter Lonard con­tin­ues to show glimpses of what ev­ery­one knows he is ca­pa­ble as he at­tempts to battle his way back to the US PGA Tour.

Now play­ing the Na­tion­wide Tour af­ter a se­ries of set­backs and surg­eries, Lonard found him­self back in the thick of the ac­tion at the Mex­ico Open re­cently when sitting in a tie for first place with just one round to go.

Un­for­tu­nately for Lonard, a win­ner at the MCI Her­itage Clas­sic on the US Tour back in 2005 and an eight-time champ on the Aus­tralasian Tour, his fi­nal round 73 wasn’t what he had hoped for as he dropped back into 11th po­si­tion. His next tour­na­ment, the PGA Vik­ing Clas­sic, saw him achieve a top-10 fin­ish, with an 18-un­der to­tal to se­cure a T9 plac­ing, his best fin­ish of the year. So he is mak­ing some pos­i­tive steps in the right direc­tion.

Lonard was 78th on the mon­eylist af­ter Mex­ico and while he has his work in front of him in try­ing to climb into the top 25 on the Na­tion­wide Tour by year’s end, re­cent per­for­mances have cer­tainly given him more than a glim­mer of hope.

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