IMPRESSED: Anthony Quayle has secured his Japanese Tour Card after a fantastic rookie year.
Queenslander Anthony Quayle returns to the AVJennings NSW Open this week after securing playing rights on the tough Japan Golf Tour in just his first season overseas.
The 24-year-old managed to secure his playing rights in Japan earlier this year and now goes back to Down Under to play in the summer of golf in Australia, starting at Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club this week
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"It was a lot of fun and a huge learning curve: it was pretty cool to get there and play some quality fields in a few fairly large events," said Quayle, whose best result in Japan was a tie for second place at The Crowns.
"It was cool to play with many of the Aussie boys that I looked up to from my youngest days, eating with them and seeing them play and then competing was great."
While playing on one of the world's richest professional tours it can be quite a job, but life outside the ropes is just as heavy. If you do not speak the language, the simplest tasks become that little bit extra difficult.
"In some ways that's probably the hardest part of a rookie year there, but you try to adapt to how their culture works and how they tackle different things.
"Everything is clear in another language and they are increasingly trying to serve English-speaking players, but compared to what I'm used to, it's really heavy.
"All the men up there really helped me with Brendan Jones, Matt Griffin, Michael Hendry, all those guys have been great.
"I was just trying to listen to them and tell myself that my good things would enable me to compete there and it worked well this year."
Now with the best part of a full season in Japan under his belt, Quayle returns to his homeward armed with the experience and knowledge to focus exclusively on golf and conquer his first professional title.
"I have the feeling that I will go there next year and now know how the tour works and knows the courses, they are very unique courses, it will be a huge advantage for my rookie year", added Quayle.
"I think it has been a very successful year and I intend to end a good year and make it a good year in the coming weeks."
What would make his second season as professional great is capturing the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour or Australasia Order of Merit title.
After an equal third result in the Vic Open and second finals at the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways, Quayle is second in the money race, about $ 28,000 behind leader Daniel Nisbet.
That is what Quayle brought home in Australia for the summer, that and the comfort of home, as well as the chance to play for friends and family.
It means that he will miss the race in a series of tournaments on the Japan Golf Tour with more than AU $ 10,000,000. But the chance to play his home Open again and pursue the Order of Merit title was too big.
"There is of course a chance to play for a little money up there at that moment and then try my status for next year." I had a few options, I could come home and try to win the Order of Merit and, as I said, change a good year in a great year, so in the end I went that route, "added Quayle
"Last year I played the Australian Open and fought most of the week, it was a great experience to play in your national Open with all the fans and how welcome I was to everyone, so it was something I did not do this year. wanted to miss, I wanted to come back and support Australian golf
"I absolutely intend to play well in the coming weeks and see if I can win that Order of Merit."
Of course, if Quayle was successful in obtaining the Order of Merit, he will be given full status on the European Tour, an invitation to The Open and he invites events to the World Championship.
"It's a good problem to have, to choose between the full status of the Japan Tour or a full season on the European Tour, but I think I'll probably lean more towards Europe and throw myself back in the depths pretty quickly to learn.
"Ultimately, I want to be in Europe and the US Majors and WGCs play and win the Order of Merit is a fairly easy way to do those things, but it's certainly hard to win."
Anthony Quayle closes tomorrow at 12.15 for the first round with Jake McLeod and the New Zealand amateur Daniel Hillier.
The AVJennings NSW Open will be played at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club from 8 – 11 November.
In addition to the winner's share in the $ 400,000 prize, the official World Golf Championships will be received and fully exempted at the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australia until the end of the 2020 season.