Guyatt's career takes another twist

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2011 New South Wales PGA Championship | Wrap | 06 Nov 2011

Queensland’s Mathew Guyatt has until this week experienced a disappointing season. Starting the year with full status on the Japan Golf Tour, Guyatt appeared set for a breakthrough in professional golf after successfully gaining his Japan Tour card in 2010.

Things have not worked out in Japan however, the 36 year old struggling early in the season and he will return to the Japan Golf Tour’s Third Stage of Qualifying in ten days time in an endeavour to gain back what he had.

Today, however, his fortunes changed with a dramatic come from behind victory at the New South Wales PGA Championship, a final round of 62 at the Wollongong Golf Club’s layout resulting in a one shot win over Andre Stolz, Peter O’Malley, Kurt Barnes and James McLean.

McLean was perhaps the unlucky loser after a bogey at the last cost him a chance of a playoff after being tied in the lead at that point. McLean played in the final group nearly an hour behind Guyatt.

Guyatt’s challengers came and went before only McLean could upset the result. Tied in the lead playing the final hole and with the prospect of a birdie to win outright, Victorian, McLean, bogeyed and Guyatt was the winner.

Guyatt, too, had bogeyed the 18th but he had done enough earlier in his round, including two eagles on his homeward nine to set a clubhouse lead than nobody was able to match.

Guyatt returned to tournament golf when he was offered a sponsorship to attend Japan Tour School in 2010. It was a tough decision for the family man with limited tournament experience and whose teaching career and role at Indooroopilly Golf Club at the time was starting to take off.

That he was able to complete the arduous task of graduating through all stages of the Japan Golf Tour qualifying speaks volumes for the mental side of his game and with this win behind him he will have the confidence for a hopefully better season in Japan in 2012 should he regain his playing rights.

“I felt quite calm during my round for most of the time, the final four holes were a pretty nervous time but I felt pretty calm.

“I just went through my routines of breathing and calming myself down; everything worked seemed to works so it is nice to know that I can do it under the pump down the stretch.”

“It was a huge relief to know that the hard work has paid off, it was just such a relief.

A clearly emotional winner, Guyatt, dedicated his win to God, his wife and coach.

“The number one thing for me is that I am a committed Christian so I thank God for giving me the opportunity to have a career that I love.

“Obviously to my wife for supporting me she has been amazing.

“Also my coach, Richard Harris, who has stuck by me for many years through the good and the bad; this is very exciting for both of us.”

With this win Guyatt takes home AUD$15,000 in prize-money but more importantly he has earned a place in the field for next week’s Emirates Australian Open.

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