Nisbet upbeat ahead of the Kolon Korea Open

Tue 12 Jun 2018

Nisbet upbeat ahead of the Kolon Korea Open

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Cheonan, Korea, June 12: Australia’s Daniel Nisbet believes he is ready for another Korean challenge as he returns to the Land of the Morning Calm for the Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship next week.

Since his Asian Tour breakthrough in New Zealand in March, Nisbet has not played to his true potential with two missed cuts and a forced retirement in Korea last month.

He made his first cut since emerging victorious in the South Pacific by finishing tied-60th in Thailand last week.

While acknowledging his uncharacteristic slump could partly be due to his inexperience in his rookie season on Tour, the 27-year-old is confident of recapturing his winning form at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club where the 61st Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship will be held from June 21-24.

“The experience on the Asian Tour has been good so far. It has also been an eye-opener as they are many good players out here and I just have to keep up with them,” said the 27-year-old.

“I love going back to Korea as their golf courses are pretty spectacular. Woo Jeong Hills is a very tough and demanding course. It has a different kind of grass and the ball reacts a little differently over in Korea. You got to be on top of your game to do well there,” added Nisbet.

Apart from the course conditions, the Australian knows the heat and humidity in certain parts of Asia will play a significant role in defining his 2018 season.

“I’m trying to stay fit and healthy to play the full schedule. When you come up here to Asia, you got to be relatively fit to play the pro-am and also the four days out on course.

“You don’t want to be using all the energy at the start of the week and feel tired over the weekend,” said Nisbet.

Nisbet has set his sights on a grandstand finish at the end of the season and knows a good result at the Kolon Korea Open will steer him towards his lofty goals.

“I’m looking forward to it (Kolon Korea Open). My goals are always subjected to change. But obviously after that win in New Zealand, I want to stay inside the top-10 on the money list and hopefully get to play in the bigger events,” said Nisbet.

Other Asian Tour heavyweights expected to create an impact at the Kolon Korea Open include defending champion Yikeun Chang of Korea, India’s Shiv Kapur and Gaganjeet Bhullar as well as Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert, a one-time Asian Tour winner, who recently bounced back from a wrist injury to clinch a record sixth Asian Development Tour (ADT) title last month.

The Kolon Korea Open is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Korean Golf Association and is also part of The Open Qualifying Series.

Two spots will be awarded to the leading two players (not otherwise exempt) finishing in the top-eight and ties in the event.

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