Queensland this week but Asia, Europe and US in sight
FOR Gatton product Andrew Dodt, this week's Queensland Open at Brookwater Golf Club is a happy return to home turf.
But anything less than a win on Sunday afternoon will leave the globe-trotting pro disappointed.
Dodt has spent the past three months at his home in Newcastle, enabling him to work on both his game and strength and fitness.
He finished third in the Fiji International a fortnight ago, giving him confidence heading into the Queensland Open which starts tomorrow.
Dodt had his final hit-out in the pro-am event at the course yesterday, firing an even-par 72.
"I'm playing pretty well," Dodt said. "I'd like to try and go all the way."
But he doesn't expect an easy ride, both due to the opposition and the course.
"Australian golf is strong," Dodt said. "Any tournament is very competitive.
"You've got to play well to win."
It has been a while since Dodt played the punishing Brookwater course, but is familiar with it from his time at the Queensland Academy of Sport a decade ago.
"You need a little bit of everything to do well," he said.
"You need to drive well off the tee. But the greens are so small and undulating, you have to find the right areas or you can easily make a bogey or double bogey.
"So your iron shots are the key."
The Queensland Open was revived in 2012 by Brookwater Golf Club and major sponsor Isuzu after six years' absence and Dodt is delighted to see it being hosted in Ipswich.
"It's very important," he said.
"The Queensland PGA is in Toowoomba so having the Open down the road is great for the area.
"Hopefully it gets bigger and better each year.
"It should do, especially at a course like Brookwater."
After four years on the European Tour, Dodt lost his card and now plays on the Asian Tour.
The 28-year-old is 30th on the order of merit after four tournaments but the season gets into full swing between September and February.
He plans to try to re-qualify for the European Tour at the end of this year and retains hopes of one day playing on the US Tour.
"I always dreamt of playing the PGA Tour," Dodt said.
"Then things took a different turn. I won a tournament (in India) and went to Europe.
"But I wouldn't change anything.
"In Europe you get to play in a different country every week and I lived in London with my wife.
"It's a pretty cool job. You get to travel the world and play golf."
- Opening round tomorrow
- Final round Sunday
At Brookwater Golf Club
- Tee-off Times: Tomorrow and Friday - 6.45am; Saturday and Sunday 9am.