The Courier-Mail

MacDonald aims to make splash at Brookwater on pro debut

- JIM TUCKER

TOP Redcliffe amateur Taylor MacDonald is set to turn pro so the Queensland Open at Brookwater becomes his debut in the play-for-pay ranks.

The right time to turn pro can be an inexact science but MacDonald, 23, feels the timing is perfect at a course he knows well in his home state from Thursday week.

There is no doubt MacDonald can go low because his 14- under-par best of 57 around his home course at Redcliffe is one of the more remarkable rounds played in the southeast.

MacDonald has dabbled as a labourer for a truck mechanic but will now rely on his golfing skills.

He is the latest in a line of quality Queensland amateurs to take the plunge in recent years, and there is no formula as to where you find your big break.

Cameron Smith’s US Open exploits have made him the most instantly successful, while Daniel Nisbet’s Morobe Open win in Papua New Guinea in April came after several seasons of graft.

It is likely that MacDonald will head to the US to roll the dice at qualifying school.

Andrew Dodt’s European Tour commitment­s will unfortunat­ely prevent him defending the Queensland Open title.

Dodt (77-71-72-71) made big improvemen­ts over his final three rounds to yesterday fin- ish at 11-over in a tie for 63rd with US star Phil Mickelson at the WGC Bridgeston­e Invitation­al in Akron, Ohio.

Both Dodt and 2013 Queensland Open champion Nick Cullen (77-74-75-75) picked up a cool $45,000-plus in the no-cut event behind Ireland’s Shane Lowry.

Dodt and Cullen tapped into some practice round wisdom from Aussie Jason Day.

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BIG STEP: Taylor MacDonald.
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