Webb is Wizard in Oz

Mathew Webb’s journey to Oz is paying dividends. The 27-year-old Bedlingtonshire pro has racked up five top 20 finishes, including a joint first place on the Tasmanian pro am circuit.

Webb’s golf has been steady rather than spectacular. He shot 71 to tie for 10th place in the James Boag Port Sorell Pro-Am; 73 for tied 12th place in the Storage City Devonport event; and 71 for a sixth place finish in the Tasmania Statewide IGA Pro-Am at Prospect Vale.

Another 73 saw him tie for 15th place in the Launceston Pro-Am at Mowbray. In the Goodstone Group Pro-Am at Ulverstone he shot 72 to share first place – a better putting round might have seen him take first place on his own, but he’s more than satisfied with his first competitive foray in Australia.

Webb will return to home soil for his first EuroPro Tour event of 2017 at Close House April 26-28, and he aims to play in as many PGA and EuroPro Tour events as he can as well as some Australian tournaments. He is also hoping to qualify for his PGA Tour China card. Webb could also get a couple of European Challenge Tour starts but may pass on those depending on his placings in the China and EuroPro Tour money lists.

Webb’s win at the 2016 Calvin Green PGA Assistants Championship entitled Webb to play in the PGA of Australia National Futures Championship last October at Ballarat Golf Club in Victoria. He won the weather-disrupted event by an impressive four shots – his rounds of 74, 71 and 76 enough take the title.

He has been based at Bayview, near Sydney, during the British winter in order to hit the ground running this season.