The Courier-Mail

GOING TO THE BEACH FOR A SAND WEDGE

- JIM TUCKER

VICTORIAN pro Ryan Lynch has boldly predicted that more aspiring Australian golfers will see their future in Europe rather than the US because of a shrewd new partnershi­p.

The first-time co-sanctionin­g of the Australian PGA with the European Tour has created a huge December springboar­d for young players chasing a break on a major tour.

“The European Tour is more of a worldwide tour than the PGA Tour in the US and the loop closer to home through Asia is going to appeal to a lot of guys,” Lynch said.

Yesterday marked the 100-day countdown to the Australian PGA on the Gold Coast from December 3 when the course redesign of the final nine holes at Royal Pines will be complete. “The link with the European Tour is amazing and helps the local tour no end,” Lynch said.

“Having a bigger springboar­d to a main tour means everything.

“We’ve seen the past benefits from wins in co-sanctioned events (in Adelaide and at Victoria’s Moonah Links) with the Web.com Tour and what the likes of Steven Bowditch and Alistair Presnell made of that springboar­d into the US.”

Lynch and NSW pro Jake Higginbott­om are part of a 10strong group who have scored a surprise bonus from the European Tour link with invites to the Russian Open in Moscow next month.

Lynch, Higginbott­om and New Zealand Open champion Jordan Zunic visited Surfers Paradise Beach to promote the PGA.

 ??  ?? BEACH BLAST: (from left) Jake Higginbott­om, Jordan Zunic and Ryan Lynch at Surfers Paradise yesterday. Picture: SMP IMAGES/PGA MEDIA
BEACH BLAST: (from left) Jake Higginbott­om, Jordan Zunic and Ryan Lynch at Surfers Paradise yesterday. Picture: SMP IMAGES/PGA MEDIA

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