OMalley Goes for Two Straight in New Zealand


2005 ING NZ PGA ChampionshipPlayers competing on the Nationwide Tour hope that this platform will be their springboard to the PGA Tour.
Peter OMalley is exempt from that statement.
OMalley has won twice in his career on the junior circuit, but has never been able to ride either of those victories to the big leagues ' nor has he ever tried to do so.
OMalley, an Australia native, only plays the Nationwide Tour when it makes stops in and around his homeland. In all, he has competed in 10 tour events, only one of which was contested outside of Australia or New Zealand.
The man who is best known for knocking off world No. 1 Tiger Woods in the first round of the 2002 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship devotes most of his play to the European and Australasian Tours.
And yet he has had tremendous success when he has teed it up in Nationwide events.
In those 10 starts, OMalley has two victories and six top-10 finishes. His maiden triumph came in the 2002 Holden Clearwater Classic, now called the ING New Zealand PGA Championship. He won the event again in 2005, becoming one of only four players to win the same Nationwide event twice.
Now hes back for thirds.
OMalley will try and become the first player to successfully defend a title on the Nationwide Tour as he returns to Clearwater Resort in Christchurch, New Zealand.
He tied for sixth in his first repeat bid in 2003. Last week, he missed the cut in the Jacobs Creek Open, which was contested in Adelaide, Australia.
This is the third of 31 events on the 2006 Nationwide Tour schedule. In addition to OMalley, the field consists of Johnnie Walker (European Tour) champion Kevin Stadler and a host of past PGA Tour winners: Notah Begay III, Jim Carter, Steve Pate, Phil Tataurangi, Glen Day, Chip Beck, David Gossett and Grant Waite.
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