Nolan has high hopes for Australian Masters

PETER Nolan would like nothing better in tomorrow’s Australian Masters than to have a start like he did three years ago.

Nolan, who is originally from Ballarat, was in contention at the halfway mark in 2009 – sitting four under and tied for 13th.

Unfortunately he was unable to maintain the pace and tied for 44th behind Tiger Woods, who walked away with the gold jacket.

He finished with a 72-hole two-over par, 16 shots off the pace.

Nolan said yesterday after a practice round that he was feeling good.

“I’m fresher than ever and playing in the Masters is always a thrill,” he said.

Nolan will tee off with New Zealander Jared Pender and Queensland’s Ian Esson at Kingston Heath tomorrow at 12.40pm.

He warmed up for the million dollar event with a four-over 76 in the Melbourne Golf Invitational Pro-Am at Woodlands on Monday.

After having a lighter tournament program through the winter this year, Nolan resumed the PGA Tour of Australasia with an equal 26th in the South Pacific Open in New Caledonia and then followed up with top 50s in the West Australian PGA and WA Open.

He also played the Perth International, but missed the cut. Nolan first played the Masters in 2006.

He had a top 50 finish, missed the cut in 2007, did not play in 2008 and 2010, and missed the cut last year.

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