Peter Hedblom has made a good start to the ISPS Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club and his hopes are high that he can avoid another trip to Q School.
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Peter is one of four players tied at the top of the leaderboard in the ISPS Perth International at -4 under par after the opening round. The others are James Nitties, Clint Rice and Jin Jeong, all had rounds of -4 under par 68.
Peter has endured 10 trips to Q School in his career and finds himself at number 179 on The Race To Dubai list, and he needs to be inside the top 110. That basically means he needs a win here;
” I’m so far back I need a win or to finish second really, you have nothing to hold back, you just have to go for everything. You’re not happy to finish third or fourth or fifth or sixth or tenth, just play as good as you can. The tension is nothing really. Today it felt like any tournament, if I will be leading playing the last day, then maybe I’ll feel the tension, but right now it’s just one round out of four. It’s good to at least have a chance to do it. The game is there, you just need a little bit of confidence.”
Jin has been playing on the Challenge Tour this year and has recently elevated himself into the second stage of Q School. He said he is not getting carried away with his good start, even though he chipped in for eagle two on the ninth hole;
“It’s only the first day and still three rounds to go and plenty of great players out here, so you never know what’s going to happen. I’ve just got to do what I’m doing and just keep hitting good shots and hopefully that’s good enough.”
The headliner here is Ryder Cup competitor American Dustin Johnson, he opened with a -3 under par 69, just one shot off the lead.
Dustin was pretty satisfied with his first round;
” I played pretty well, I missed a couple short putts, but other than that, I hit it pretty well.”
The boys chasing The Race To Dubai rankings not only have the pre-tournament favorite Dustin to worry about, another talented American Bo Van Pelt is also in the field, he opened with a -2 under par 70. Bo is also the Defending Champion, so he will be keen to hold onto the title.
In a very compacted leaderboard there are eight players T5, just one shot off the leading group, and sixteen within two strokes, it is going to be fun.