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You Need To Be Precise, Says Top American Golfer

  American professional golfer Tyler Heath Slocum is among the players to watch at the Fiji International, as he tees-off today at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course. The 42-year-old
06 Oct 2016 12:10
You Need To Be Precise, Says Top American Golfer
US based professional Tyler Heath Slocum and Wallabies Legend George Gregan. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

American professional golfer Tyler Heath Slocum is among the players to watch at the Fiji International, as he tees-off today at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.

The 42-year-old Baton Rouge resident from Louisiana is expected to defy all odds after he had been plagued by injuries early this year. Despite playing in seven tournaments this year, he is confident of doing well in his first Fijian tournament.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow and the whole week,” he told SUNsports yesterday.

“I can’t believe that it has taken me so long to be here for this tournament. I got in on Monday, the people, the venue and everybody that are behind this event are just amazing.”

Slocum has won seven major titles including four PGA Tour wins.

Having such calibre, Slocum says, that he is itching to get back on course and is hoping that his competitive drive will kick in and make him a player to watch this weekend. Slocum played his first 18-hole practise round on Tuesday and was blown away.

“You have to be precise and deal with all the elements. I could only look forward to the tournament.”

The tournament has attracted 132 professional golfers from 15 countries who are here to battle for the $AU1.5 million (FJ$2.4m) prize money.

“Obviously for this tournament I would love to win but will just go out and enjoy myself, enjoy the weather, the people, the culture and the course,” he added as he tees-off at 6.55am alongside Australians Peter Lonard and Todd Sinnott.

 

BACKGROUND

Slocum learned the game of golf from his father, Jack and played in the Milton High School golf team in Florida along with fellow PGA Tour player Boo Weekley.

While a student at the University of South Alabama, he earned many amateur golf honours including being three-time All-American champion before he turned professional in 1996.

The seven titles he won including the 2010 McGladrey Classic (PGA Tour), 2009 The Barclays (PGA Tour), 2005 Southern Farm Bureau Classic (PGA Tour), 2004 Chrysler Classic of Tucson (PGA Tour), 2001 Cleveland Open (Web.com Tour), 2001 Knoxville Open (Web.com Tour), and 2001 Omaha Classic (Web.com Tour).

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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