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Sunday 15 December 2019

Purcell primed for pro debut in Australia

Conor Purcell. Photo: Sportsfile
Conor Purcell. Photo: Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

Portmarnock's Conor Purcell will make his professional debut in this week's A$400,000 (€246,000) AVJennings New South Wales Open in Australia.

Winner of the Australian Amateur Championship in January, the former South of Ireland champion (22) can use the event to hone his game for next week's A$1.5m (€920,000) Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club before making plans for 2020.

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Purcell made his debut in a professional event when he played in the ISPS Handa Vic Open in February, shooting rounds of 72 and 76 to miss the cut.

He did not have to remain professional to take advantage of his invitations for the next two weeks but, having played for GB and Ireland in the Walker Cup this year and risen as high as 10th in this week's World Amateur Golf Ranking, he's decided to take the plunge into the paid ranks.

This week's AVJennings NSW Open at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club will be an excellent test for next week's high-profile event at The Australian.

Abraham Ancer will defend his Emirates Australian Open title with Adam Scott, Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day and Sergio Garcia also set to play.

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