High-flyer Blyth lands in PGA field

By AARON KELLY

JET-SETTING former Yeppoon golfer Adam Blyth is flying blind into this week's Australian PGA Championship at Coolum.

Blyth, 24, will have his first look at the lush sub-tropical surrounds of Coolum in today's opening round.

It's just another test for both Blyth and his long-time caddy, dad Steve.

"I haven't played at Coolum before, so I'm going in blind.

"Hopefully dad (Steve) can give me some good yardages ? he loves it,'' Blyth said.

Blyth, now based in Brisbane, arrives on the Sunshine Coast after a whirlwind debut on the Asian Tour this year.

Currently sitting in 52nd place on the 2005 Order of Merit, Blyth has pocketed US$62,980 from 22 events but will take a gamble by missing this weekend's season-ending Hong Kong Open.

Only the top-60 ranked players are guaranteed a tour card for next year.

"I've been hoping to get back for the PGA all year and hopefully I've done enough with one event to go in Asia,'' said Blyth, who will have a team of supporters at Coolum over the next four days' play.

Blyth, who will tee-off alongside former Rockhampton golfer Terry Price in the first group this morning, credits his top-five finish behind South African Retief Goosen and New Zealand's Michael Campbell in the China Volkswagen Masters in September as a major turning point in his promising career.

"It's been a big learning experience, both on and off the course,'' Blyth said.

"Matching it against guys like Retief (Goosen) and Michael (Campbell) gave me plenty of confidence in my ability.''

Blyth said defending champion Peter Lonard and newly crowned Australian Open winner Robert Allenby were the players to beat this week.



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