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Lonard tees from big to small

09/12/2002 05:11:31 AM Comments (0)

A day after winning one of Australia's biggest golf tournaments Peter Lonard will tee off in one of the smallest on Monday.

There is not even a day's break for the winner of the Australian Masters at Huntingdale - but he was not guaranteeing to reproduce his winning form.

"I play the Mornington Pro-Am tomorrow, which will be interesting," Lonard said.

"Tomorrow night I won't be in a good state, I wouldn't think."

After the one-day hit on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula Lonard said he would drive back to Sydney for a short break before beginning his second year on the US Tour.

"I'll spend about five days in Sydney before I go back to Orlando (Florida) to do some fitness training prior to starting off in Hawaii next year.

"I'm definitely playing Hawaii and Phoenix and then probably the co-sanctioned events (in Australia next year)."

Lonard's Masters victory has given him a springboard for what could be an even bigger year in America in 2003.

He made a stunning US Tour debut, finishing 41st on the money winners' list.

Had he finished 40th he would have had an automatic entry into the US Masters in April - but his win at Huntingdale has won him a start at Augusta be ensuring he is inside the top 50 in the world when the end of year rankings come out.

Lonard yesterday outlasted Adam Scott and Gavin Coles in a play-off to collect his second Masters jacket.

While Scott dropped out at the first extra hole, Lonard won the tournament at the third hole with a tap in putt.

The win also lifted him into second spot on the Australasian Order of Merit behind the winner Craig Parry.

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