Michael Sim returns to tournament golf
BY PGA of Australia | Australasian PGA Tour | 2013 New Zealand PGA Pro-Am Championship | Preview | 27 Feb 2013
Michael Sim makes his return to the PGA Tour of Australasia this week at the NZPGA Championship.
His first tournament on Tour since the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola in 2010, the lure of Queenstown helped attract Sim to the NZPGA Championship.
“The last time I was here was 2008 so it’s good to be back – it’s a great town and that’s part of why I wanted to play here,” said Sim.
“I got in on Sunday and played a few holes yesterday, the course is in good shape.”
“I went up and checked out the Queenstown Hill, I am actually staying on a couple of extra days to maybe do some rafting and bungee jumping so it feels good to be back.”
A four time Web.com Tour winner, Sim has had well documented injury struggles in recent times and has been searching for a fix with his game.
“I have had a few lingering things but I just haven’t been playing. I didn’t really play that well last year and didn’t get into many events,” added Sim.
“I tried to find some new coaching and just tried to search a little too much but as of right now I have just been doing my own stuff, it’s been going well.”
“I have been working with the TrackMan machine which is quite interesting and trying to get my feels back.”
Sim’s hard work seems to be paying off and he is set to test his game on The Hills layout this week.
“I have been playing well at home, shooting some good scores and I just felt like I wanted to come here to play this week,” added Sim.
“I entered on the last day – I am happy with where my game is at, it’s good to be playing and playing well again.”
“Hopefully I can be right in the mix after the cut and have a good weekend.”
The NZPGA Championship is the first tournament in Sim’s 2013 season.
“My status is limited this season,” said Sim of the Web.com Tour.
“I will get into the tournaments that I won in 2009 but they cancelled the Stonebrae so I won’t have that one obviously, my first official event won’t be until mid May.”
“I am also considering going up to the Indonesia OneAsia tournament and maybe a couple of events in April.”
“But as of right now I am just going to play this week, concentrate and see if it can be a successful tournament.”
The NZPGA Championship will be played from the 28 Febuary – 3 March 2013 at The Hills golf course. The field is also set to feature three time Major winner Hale Irwin, 12 time Japan Tour winner Brendan Jones, Craig Parry, Peter O’Malley and defending champion Michael Hendry.
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