Cape Town - Andrew Johnston
feels like he is getting back to his best as he prepares to tee it up at the Vic Open for the first time.
affectionately known as 'Beef' is a big hit with golf fans in Australia and the
feeling is mutual, with the Englishman happy to admit that he loves this part
of the world - particularly after a top ten finish at the Australian PGA
Championship in December.
It has been
almost three years since the 29-year-old recorded his maiden European Tour
victory, but with a new coach and some tweaks to his swing, he fees like his
game is in a good place once again as he arrives at scenic 13th
Beach Golf Club in Barwon Heads, south of Melbourne, after a positive week at
the Dubai Desert Classic.
"I feel like I'm close to getting back. I think it's been a funny couple
of years for me. 2016 was great, I played some good golf. Then the last
couple of years I haven't been happy with the way I've played. I have a
new coach (Hugh Marr), and I find that's been working well and I don't
think I'm that far away from playing some really good golf," said
The Vic Open was first played in 1957 but appears on the Race to Dubai for the
first time this season.
It's a unique format in professional golf with men and
women playing on the same courses at the same time, for equal prize money. The
men's event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA Tour
of Australasia, while the women's championship is co-sanctioned by Australian
Ladies Professional Golf and the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
All rounds will
be played in alternating men's and women's groups on the Beach Course and Creek
Course at 13th Beach Golf Club.
A field of 156 men and 156 women
will play one round on each of the first two days on both courses.
be two cuts - after round two and round three - with all of the weekend action
taking place on the Beach Course.