Presnell inspired to repeat success at Victorian PGA

2011 outlook, Alistair Presnell: After finishing 28th on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2009, he finished 37th last year with $164,707. He surpassed those season earnings in one magnificent week on the PGA Tour. Presnell shot a final-round 64 at last year’s WGC-CA Championship to finish sixth and earn $214,300. He got into the CA because of his finish on the PGA Tour of Australasia money list. Presnell was No. 24 on the Nationwide money list after a runner-up finish at last September’s WNB Golf Classic, but made just $11,185 over his final five events to fall to 37th.

MELBOURNE, Australia - Looking back on the past year, Alistair Presnell is pleased.

A win in the Victorian PGA Championship, a T-6 finish at the WGC-CA Championship and a runner-up showing in the Australian Open confirms the 31-year-old deserves to be mentioned among Australia’s top golfers.

On Friday, Presnell tees off at the Sandhurst Club to defend his Victorian PGA title. Last year, he equalled the PGA Tour of Australasia’s low-round record of 60 during the final round, a feat that gave him a boost ahead of his overseas schedule.

“I know 60 is very special and will be hard to do again, I may not ever achieve it again in my career, but the main thing is I now know it is possible and it gives me great vibes heading back to Sandhurst,” Presnell said.

“The win and shooting 60 gave me a huge amount of confidence last year. From there I went on to play in South America and then at (WGC-CA Championship) where I shot an 8-under 64 . . . I guess I just knew it was possible to play like that.”

Other notables in the field include Peter Senior, James Nitties, Peter O’Malley, Cameron Percy, Peter Fowler, Andre Stolz and Matthew Griffin.

“It’s an unbelievable field this week. . . But for me I look at it from the perspective that I’ve beaten all these guys before,” Presnell said.

However, his ultimate goal remains: To earn a U.S. PGA Tour card. He has been agonizingly close to his dream, finishing just outside the Nationwide Tour money list’s top 25 finishers, who qualify for the big tour.

Information from the PGA Tour of Australasia contributed to this report.

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