McCar­dle aims for great fin­ish to year

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - WARREN PARTLAND

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.”

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