NEW ZEALAND’S Michael Hendry is aiming to win his third consecutive Holden NZ PGA Championship this week at the Remuera Golf Club in Auckland.
The tournament tees off on Thursday and if Hendy achieves the feat he will be the first player to do so since Australian golfing legend and British Open Champion Kel Nagle, won the title in 1973, 1974 and 1975.
“It would be awesome,” said Hendry who won the tournament when it was played at The Hills in 2012 and 2013 before it took a year’s hiatus.
“I am working towards some goals and I am pretty happy with where I am at, in the journey towards those goals, in terms of where I want my game to be.”
“It would be great to really have that form kick in and take another one away this week.”
Hendry is confident his preparation leading into this week will hold him in good stead despite his limited experience playing the Remuera layout.
“It’s odd, living in Auckland and never having played here before,” added Hendry.
“But at the end of the day it’s just like any other golf tournament where you turn up and don’t particularly know the course.”
“Sometimes that is an advantage because you don’t see the trouble, which other people do if they have played lots of times.”
The Holden NZ PGA Championship will be Hendry’s third tournament of the year, with his best finish so far being T12 at the Victorian PGA Championship in February.
Inspired by the Black Caps beating the Aussies in the ICC Cricket World Cup, Hendry hopes to see Kiwis win the next two weeks on the PGA Tour of Australasia, with the NZ Open on next week.
“The NZ PGA is a major New Zealand championship and being a Kiwi we all want to win the big ones at home. It would be nice to make sure a New Zealander wins the next two weeks.”
The 2015 Holden NZ PGA Championship is being contested at Remuera Golf Club in Auckland from 5-8 March.
A prize purse of NZ$125,000 is being played for, with the winner also receiving Official World Golf Ranking Points and becoming fully exempt on to the PGA Tour of Australasia for the remainder of this season plus a further two years.
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