Gardiner aiming high on Sunshine Coast
By TANIA PHILLIPS
TWEED golfer Scott Gardiner has experienced the highs and lows of the game in recent weeks and is hoping he can scale the heights again when he tees off in the Australian PGA Championships at Coolum this afternoon
Gardiner broke through to win the Queensland PGA at the Gold Coast last month but just a few days later he experienced the disappointment his sport can bring when he failed to fire at the USPGA Tour School.
"I am still shaking my head (over winning the Queensland PGA)," Gardiner said yesterday.
"My form hadn't been that great going into it, it probably hasn't been that good since."
After scoring his first four-day tournament victory, Gardiner headed to the US to try and secure his card on the lucrative US PGA Tour. However, his failed to maintain his form and his chance went begging.
"I was under prepared for that, I got there at 1am on the Tuesday morning and had to play on the Wednesday," he said.
"My body probably wasn't quite ready for it."
After his disappointment, Gardiner flew back to Australia and took a week off to regroup and prepare for the Australian summer.
"I just had a rest last week and watched the guys battle the conditions at the Australian Open," he said.
"I was glad I wasn't out there, it looked a bit tough."
The Coolum layout is expected to offer a far easier challenge this week.
Gardiner has been grouped with Jarrod Lyle and Scott Laycock for today's opening round.