Pam­pling con­nects with short-game guru

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - TOM BOSWELL

AUS­TRALIAN golf­ing stal­wart Rod Pam­pling has turned to a Gold Coast short-game ex­pert in a bid to wind back the clock on his dec­o­rated ca­reer.

Pam­pling, has teamed with Sanc­tu­ary Cove Golf Club pro­fes­sional and re­spected short­game coach Matthew Bal­lard af­ter the pair caught up at Hamil­ton Is­land last week, where Bal­lard was play­ing the PGA Pro­fes­sion­als Cham­pi­onship.

The 2008 Aus­tralian Masters cham­pion and three-time PGA Tour win­ner is tied 33rd at the Aus­tralian PGA Cham­pi­onship at Royal Pines af­ter a one-un­der par third round.

Pam­pling was in­trigued by ini­tial dis­cus­sions with Bal­lard, who he phoned for guid­ance with the flat stick this week.

“I got chat­ting to him there and was just ask­ing his thoughts about putting,” Pam­pling said.

“Golf is a never end­ing story where you are try­ing to im­prove, so I thought since we came to the Gold Coast we would get to­gether and see what he has to say.

“So far it’s been good and I just have to per­form with it. It’s a trust­ing thing.

“I like what he had to say so we are go­ing to keep go­ing with that.”

Pam­pling said the part­ner­ship could ex­tend beyond the Aus­tralian PGA.

“We are go­ing to sit down at the end of it and see what hap­pens. At this stage I couldn’t say ei­ther way but so far it’s been good,” Pam­pling said.

Bal­lard has worked with other pros, in­clud­ing 2013 Masters champ Adam Scott.

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