Flanagan makes late swing changes for Open
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2007 Australian Open | General | 12 Dec 2007
A discovery on the practice fairway this morning might make all the difference in Nick Flanagan’s chances in this week’s MFS Australian Open. The Novocastrian, with the help of coach Steve Bann, found he was getting a little steep on his downswing and worked on releasing his hips.
“It feels a lot better now that’s for sure,” said Flanagan in a mid-afternoon press conference. “If you had asked me what my chances were at this stage yesterday I would have said none but I feel a lot more confident now. I am also starting to chip well which will be important around here.”
Despite Flanagan’s home being in Newcastle, just a short drive north of Sydney, the Australian Golf Club is not a golf course on which he has played a lot.
“I played the 2004 Australian Open and a couple of pennant matches but that apart I have not played here but I do like the golf course.”
Earlier in the day Flanagan discovered he had been voted the Nationwide Tour’s Player of the Year.
“My manager informed me this morning and I am honoured as it was a peer vote and that makes it that much more special.”
Flanagan finished third on the Nationwide Tour money list but importantly won three times in securing his Battlefield Promotion to the PGA Tour.
“We were all given voting forms with the three candidates and I voted for Richard Johnson, who had a great season finishing number one on the money list.”