Gatton’s Andrew Dodt has returned from the European Tour to contest the Australian PGA Championship.
Gatton’s Andrew Dodt has returned from the European Tour to contest the Australian PGA Championship. Getty Images

Dodt prepares to tackle PGA

IT WILL be the assault of the Andrews for Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley golf fans at the Australian PGA Championship.

Some of the world's top golfers will tee off today at the Hyatt Regency Coolum in the first round of the PGA Championship which has attracted a gun field featuring the likes of Jason Day, American Bubba Watson and British Open winner Darren Clarke.

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But the eyes of many golf fans across the Darling Downs and Lockyer Valley will be following the tournaments of Andrew Dodt and Andrew Tschudin.

Dodt, from Gatton, has returned to Australia for the big tournaments of the summer on the Australasian tour.

He missed the Australian Open as he contested the Singapore Open and was scheduled to tee off at 11.10am today at the PGA on the Sunshine Coast.

Dodt will also contest the Masters in a fortnight after a tournament in Hong Kong in between.

This year has been a tough one on the European Tour by Dodt's own admission and a tournament back home is as good of a time to reverse his fortunes as any.

"Pretty ordinary," Dodt said of his 2011 so far.

"But having said that, it doesn't take much to turn it around."

Maybe the 25-year-old's love of the Coolum tournament could be the catalyst for a form revival, especially as he has a group of supporters heading up to the Sunshine Coast from Gatton for the event.

"It's definitely one of my favourite tournaments of the year. It doesn't matter how I'm playing, I just love the tournament," Dodt said.

"It's a bit of a holiday."

Tschudin is back contesting his second major of the Australasian Tour after a promising start at the Open.

The Toowoomba Golf Club member was tied for eighth after the first round of the Australian Open before a disastrous second round put paid to his hopes of a top-10 finish. Tschudin finished tied for 29th.

Tschudin was scheduled to tee off at 6.30am in round one at Coolum.


PGA betting

$8: Adam Scott

$8.50: Geoff Ogilvy

$9: Jason Day

$13: Aaron Baddeley

$15: Bubba Watson

$81: Andrew Dodt

$251: Andrew Tschudin

Odds courtesy TattsBet

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