Lonard commits to Australian Open at Moonah Links

BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2003 Australian Open | General | 26 Aug 2003
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Despite the possibility of a start at the Nedbank Challenge event the same week, Peter Lonard has made an early decision to commit to the 2003 Australian Open at Moonah Links.

Speaking from Cleveland this morning (Monday evening US time) en route to his home in Orlando, Peter indicated that while the prospect of playing in an event the significance of the Nedbank Challenge was tempting, he felt the need to continue to support the Australian Open. “A start for me in the Nedbank Challenge has not as yet been confirmed, but clearly I had been in with a chance at playing. I just felt it was important however to declare my commitment to the Australian Open now which then leaves everybody knowing where I stand and hopefully will be of assistance to the Australian Open organisers. Although I am in the Presidents Cup team there are still a few things in November not clarified and I was keen to not leave things in the air for too long.”

“I think it is going to be a bit of a rush to get back, I don’t think I can get out of there (South Africa) until the Monday night which means I will not get in until the Wednesday but we’ll give it a go and see what happens.”

“Clearly the Nedbank Challenge was a fairy significant financial carrot to have dangled in front of you and given that I would have been there in South Africa the week before made it even more enticing, but I have thought all along that I would likely be coming back to play the Australian Open. It’s not all about money, some times it has to be, but at the moment I’m not struggling that much so I’ll be there.”

An audio interview with Peter conducted by Bruce Young this morning may be heard by visiting his website www.peterlonard.com

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