Presnell's rapid progress continues

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2012 Frys.com Open | Wrap | 15 Oct 2012

Victorian Alistair Presnell this week continued on from where he left off last week when 3rd in Maryland, by finishing runner-up to American Shawn Stefani at the Web.com Tour’s Miccosukee Championship in Miami.

It would mean yet another huge leap in money list position for the 33 year old and after starting last week’s event in 55th position on the money list, Presnell has jumped 36 positions to 19th and is now on the verge of playing the USPGA Tour in 2013.

With just next week’s Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open and the season ending Tour Championship to come, Presnell looks all but assured of graduating to the PGA Tour for the first time.

Presnell has long been considered a player capable of making it to the big time and further confirmed that when he contended over the opening 36 holes at the US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco this year before finishing 29th which was an excellent debut in the event.

A 6th place finish at the World Golf Championship event at Doral in 2010 gave an indication as to his capacity to handle the higher level of play on the PGA Tour, a finish that provided him with his biggest ever cheque in the game.

The Moonah Classic winner in 2009 and the Victorian PGA Champion in 2010 when recording a final round of 60, Presnell had struggled for much of the season after the US Open until last week’s effort in Maryland.

After a slow start this week he stormed through the field and although five shots behind the winner, he finished four shots ahead of the third placed Russell Henley.

It has not only be a triumph for Presnell’s tenacity to work hard on his game and his persistence when battling, it has also been a triumph for his performance coach, Sean Lynch.

Lynch has not only overseen the progress of Presnell but also that of Cameron Percy and Scott Gardiner. It is perhaps no coincidence that all three now appear assured of being amongst the graduates from this year’s Web.com Tour.

The winner this week Shawn Stefani won for the second time in 2012 and the Web.com Tour rookie now gets to be a rookie again next year but at a much higher level.

Australians Aron Price and Cameron Percy finished in a share of 9th to be the next best of the Australasians. Steve Allan and Scott Gardiner were 13th and Bronson La Cassie 21st.

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