Chalmers looks to bounce back on Gold Coast


Greg Chalmers hopes he can return to form as he bids to defend his Australian PGA Championship title starting Thursday.

The veteran left-hander has struggled to perform this year, without a top-10 finish in 23 events and with nine missed cuts.

Chalmers, 42, returns to the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast looking to recapture the form that helped him win the title for a second time.

"I didn't have a great year on the golf course," he said, via PGA Media.

"I didn't play a lot. I played 18 events on the PGA Tour, so not schedule. I've averaged 30 events a year for the last little bit and they came in spits and starts.

"I've hit the ball nicely this year but I haven't holed near the footage I would normally hole. It's the little things in golf that stack up and it's a chip you don't chip close or a putt you don't make and all of a sudden you're one-over instead of even and going in the wrong direction."

Chalmers' struggles have continued late into the year, including missing the cut at the Australian Open.

Daniel Popovic, the 2012 winner, and three-time champion Peter Senior are also part of the field in Queensland.

Senior, 56, became the oldest ever winner of the Australian Masters before missing the cut in Sydney last week.

Europeans Edoardo Molinari, Scott Jamieson and David Lingmerth are joined by American Brandt Snedeker in the field.

Australians Robert Allenby, Brett Rumford, Rod Pampling, John Senden and Jarrod Lyle will also be eyeing the Joe Kirkwood Cup.