HERVEY Bay golf professional Shane Tait hasn't played in a major tournaments for five years.
A knee reconstruction has ensured that.
However, the 40-year-old Tait, who is based at the Hervey Bay Golf Driving Range, was back in the swing in the big time yesterday.
Tait teed off in the $1.5m Australian PGA Championship at Hyatt Regency Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, an event being contested by some of the biggest names in the game including Adam Scott, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Greg Norman and current British Open champion Darren Clarke.
Unfortunately for Tait, who finished second in the same tournament back in 1999, he didn't enjoy the best of returns to competition golf.
He carded a seven over par 79 which included nine pars, two birdies, five bogeys and two double bogeys.
After his round, Tait, who played in 22 events on the US Nationwide Tour in 2003, said he knew it wasn't going to be easy to make the cut.
"You could say that I have a bit of work to do," Tait, who joined the play-for-pay ranks of professional golf in 1991, said with a laugh.
"I'd have to go real low to have any hope of that and I don't think that will happen the way I played.
"I hit four (balls) in the water and that never helps but at least I had enough to continue, unlike John Daly."
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