Victorian Cameron John builds a solid start to his professional career; one he hopes to move to the next level from the Isuzu Queensland Open this week at the Brisbane Golf Club
The 19-year-old professional became professional early 2018 and after a shaky start he did not miss any cut in his last six games in the top-ten five times and a draw for the 33rd time at the tri-sanctioned Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways .
"My game is in pretty good shape, I played pretty well last week, finished in ninth, I had a bit of a rough finish, but that's good, when the two weeks that preceded it, I became 8th on the Victorian PGA and 7th. on the Northern Territory PGA, so it was pretty good for the last three tournaments, "John said.
"Looking at the events I would get at the beginning of the year, I did not expect to be in this position, but I have a really good season, I missed the cut at the Vic Open and New Zealand PGA Championship , which were my first two events, so it probably had a bit to do with nerves.
"Since then I have had five top-10 & # 39; s and 33rd in Fiji so it was pretty positive, I'm just waiting for my first victory, the first few matches I wanted to make, but I've been pretty competitive all year round and now it's all about winning. "
The Brisbane Golf Club, host of the Isuzu Queensland Open this week from 1-4 November, offers a golden opportunity for John to break through and conquer his first professional title in only his first year as a prof.
He is familiar with the Queensland number after playing a number of events as an amateur, including the Isuzu Queensland Open last year when he made the cut.
"It's great, I love the Brisbane Golf Club track I played last year, I played the Interstate here, I played a lot here," John added
"It is probably one of the weeks I look most closely, I thought this was the week I felt most at ease, I played most of the golf around this track.
"I left Monday and played nine holes and did not play well, but I came in a few substandard, it just feels familiar there, so I'm looking forward to it, and hopefully it's a good week."
Beyond the Queensland Open this week, John is looking at the international stage and is currently fully booked to play the first phase of the Asian Tour Q-School, but this week he was able to climb the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia from Merit and Poet thanks to a strong performance when obtaining exemption in the final phase.
"I'm in the first phase of the Asian Tour Q-School and I have a chance to improve to the final stage if I can get higher in the top 30 of the Order of Merit, I'm 39th on the pass.
"I need a good finish to get through the year and get my last card, so things can change pretty quickly in terms of where I can play in the coming years."
Like so many, John's ultimate goal is to get a spot on the world's premier golf stage, the PGA TOUR. He says his home tour offers some great opportunities to catapult a pro on the international stage.
"The PGA TOUR is of course the ultimate goal, like every man here, I think I'm going through the Asian Tour and even the PGA Tour of Australasia is now a great way to get there", John added
"I get four events when I finish the top 30 that are coordinated with Europe and Asia, so the big money events are increasingly international and international, and of course all roads lead to the PGA TOUR in one way or another.
"It can change quickly, but I am looking forward to it, I am still in my first year as a professional, so there is no rush, I am quite satisfied with my year so far."
Cameron John starts the first round from the 10th tee at 11:35 with Darren Beck and Rick Kulacz.
Tee times are available at qldopen.com.au/2018-tee-times.
The Isuzu Queensland Open will be played at the Brisbane Golf Club from 1 – 4 November. Access is free for spectators throughout the week.
In addition to being part of the winner of the $ 110,000 prize, the champion will receive official World Golf Ranking Points and will be fully exempted on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour from Australasia until the end of the 2019 season.