McCardle aims for great finish to year
TALENTED South Australian golfer Max McCardle expects to play well in the final three events on the Australasian Tour starting with the NSW Open on Thursday.
Those are his words, and he is content to put pressure on himself leading into the NSW Open at Twin Creeks, Luddenham, followed by the Australian Open at The Australian and PGA Championship at Royal Pines.
Buoyed by a satisfying campaign in China and tied 20th in the Queensland Open last month, McCardle is confident in his game as he bids to retain his Australasian Tour card for next year.
McCardle is 47th on the order of merit and needs to finish in the top 50 to all but guarantee a start in all events in 2018.
“I feel I’m playing well, but I’m making a few sloppy mistakes over the four days which has been disappointing,” he said. “I’ve had the same caddy for the big events for the past two or three years, so hopefully with a good caddy on the bag I can eliminate some of those mistakes.
“Whether it be getting the wind direction right, club selection, position to hit the ball, some of those 50-50 decisions.
“I’m looking forward to the next three weeks, playing well and hard.”
McCardle has played seven tournaments in the past eight weeks and finished 25th on the infant China Tour order of merit to retain his card for next year.
His China season included two top 10 finishes and an 11th before being tied ninth in the Clearwater Bay Open in Hong Kong last weekend.
The PGA Tour-China will expand next year and has been established as a key pathway to American tour action.
“I missed a couple of cuts, but apart from that I played quite nicely,” McCardle said.
“I got myself in contention in the other weeks, I’ve been around the mark.
“I’ve kept my China Tour card so I definitely know I’ve got somewhere to play next year.
“But it’s nice to play at home, there are good opportunities on the Australian circuit with some co-sanctioned tours which opens up doors if you play well.
“I’ll put pressure on myself and expect to play well in the next three weeks to give myself opportunities next year.”