Thursday, June 22, 2017

Aberdonian Sim continuing to show glimpses

 of his pre-injury form 

Former Tour stand-out Michael Sim, who lived at Westhill near Aberdeen until his family emigrated to Australia when he was seven or eight, will play this week’s Lincoln Land Charity Classic after Monday qualifying for the second time in three weeks.
Sim, who won three times on the secondary tour in 2009 to earn promotion to the UA PGA TOUR, has struggled with injuries and form since 2012 but has show glimpses of form the past two years.
With little status to rely on in the U.S, Sim has now Monday-qualified for the Rust Oleum Championship two weeks ago and again this week, an impressive feat, given the notoriously competitive nature of the pre-qualifying events.
Sim was joint winner of the Monday event, his 7-under 64 earning one of five available spots at the Gateway National course and earning him a 7:10am tee time alongside fellow Australian Robert Allenby on Thursday.
A total of seven Australians will take their place in the field at the Panther Creek Country Club in Illinois, Allenby and Sim joined by Steve Allan, Rhein Gibson, Jamie Arnold, Mark Hensby and Peter Lonard.
Sim and all the Australians playing this week are in need of some good results as Jamie Arnold continues to be the highest ranked Australian on the Tour money list in 56th place.
With just 13 events remaining on the schedule after this week, there is now a sense of urgency if any of the Australians are to graduate to the 2018 US PGA TOUR by finishing inside the top-25 at the end of the season



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