HITTING practice balls with Adam Scott and inspiringwords from PGA Tour winnerPeter Lonard are timely motivators forLincoln Tighe.
Taking aim: Port Kembla’s Lincoln Tighe tees off at the Australian Masters at Melbourne’s Huntingdale on Thursday. Picture: Dave Tease/Golf NSW
In the biggest month of his flourishing career, Tighe will play Australia’smajor tournaments, starting with the Masters on Thursday.
He then returns to Americaforthe final stage of the web苏州美甲美睫培训学校 qualifying, acareer stepping stone towards a US PGA Tour card.
As he treadsthe same fairways assome of the world’s best this week, Tighe has already shown an improved ability to hold his nerve under pressure.With only 21, plus ties, making it tonext month’sfinal stage, Tighe produced birdies on the final two holes in Texas last week to be -8,tied for 19th,securinghis place.
“It was good for the confidence to make the score under deep pressure,” Tighe told the Mercury after a practice round at Masters venueHuntingdale.
“I knew I was on right on the edge, but I finished and had a nervous waiting game for a couple of hours to see if I’d make it through.
“Everything is going well at the moment, I’m getting a lot more comfortable about performing in the bigger tournaments.”
Tighe shook off the jetlag with nine holesafter landing in Melbourne on Monday, beforea practice round on Tuesday with four-time European tour winner Stephen Leaney.
The Port Kembla product also spent time on the practice fairway next to Scott, as well asa chance encounter with Lonard, who won a PGA Tour event in 2005.
“It was amazing to hear Peter say he had been watching me (play in the US),” Tighesaid.
“He’s a guy who made a career in the US and played at all the majors, so it was just good to be able to chat to him and listen to his experience.
“When I was hitting balls next to Adam Scott, it kind of reminds you how great it is to be back playing the big tournaments at home.”
Under new coach Gary Barter, Tighe has worked on his mental approach, the key to handling the stress of cut-throat qualifying rounds and big Australian tournaments alike.
“I’ve been a lot more consistent,” he said.
“I’ve been working with a sports psychologist as well and it’s certainly paying off.”
Off thetee at 11.45amwith Ryan Lynch and Anthony Brownon Thursday, Tighe wants to continue the momentum in Australia and back to the US.
“It would be unreal,” he said about the prospect of a web苏州美甲美睫培训学校 card next year.“One of my dreams is to play on the major tours. Web苏州美甲美睫培训学校 is a stepping stone to the PGA tour, but it’s a big step to befull-time over there.”
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