Despite suggestions from his coaching staff that he could take a breather and bask in the glory of his recent win in the Australian PGA, Nathan Holman of Parkdale, Victoria, is schlepping the clubs to Thailand to play in the Thailand Open.
It may be a case of striking whilst the irons are hot for the 24-year-old, or it may be a desire to capitalise on the confidence the break-through win provided. Holman did not do so well as an amateur, something he attributed to not putting in the requisite work. Professional golfers walk a fine line betwixt losing the edge through inactivity and suffering burnout from competing excessively. In Australia, Holman is known as a hard worker now, having decided at some point that he was willing to try something different to experience different outcomes.
The PGA win leaves him well poised to test his theory. He will be able to play in some rich events on the PGA Tour, including the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, where there is no cut, so every player is guaranteed a share of a $12 million purse.
He also earned a two-year-exemption of the European Tour and a spot in the upcoming The Open Championship in Scotland.