Presnell finishes in style

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2012 US Open | Round Four | 18 Jun 2012

Alistair Presnell fought back after a tough third round at the US Open to record a final round of 70 and complete his major championship debut in style.

Presnell recorded two bogeys and two birdies, his birdies coming at the 7th and 17th, playing both those holes in three under for the tournament.

As he walked from the golf course, Presnell was in a share of 36th position his last round making up at least ten positions and by day’s end it is likely to be considerably more. At that point he had even gone past Tiger Woods who was going backwards in a hurry so for Presnell to have put himself in that position bears further testament to an outstanding debut.

“That is almost as good as it gets,” said Presnell referring to his week at the US Open. "To qualify for a major is awesome, the make the cut was fantastic and then to come out on Sunday when the course was a bit firmer and trickier with piin in Sunday spots and shoot an even par 70 was an absoute treat.

“I always like playing the stronger golf courses. Par seems to be my friend but to have done this in my first major was really special.

“If I can get off the Nationwide Tour I feel I do belong and can perform on the main tour but I am not assuming anything about taking one of the cards although there is no place I would rather be (than out here on the PGA Tour).

“To have been able to retrace the footsteps the boys trip of my Dad back in 1988 and for me to have gone one better and to play the event and to do it on Father’s Day is something very special. He is always in my mind.”

There will be many players still on the golf course and ahead of him on the scoreboard today who would swap the round of even par recorded by Presnell and wherever he eventually finishes this week his confidence will surely soar whe he gets back to the Nationwide Tour.

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    A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of the game comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.


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