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Golfers buzzing over Sam Brazel

Sam Brazel tees off inside the bunker during round 3 of the Maybank Championship golf tournament in Subang, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Sam Brazel tees off inside the bunker during round 3 of the Maybank Championship golf tournament in Subang, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. FAZRY ISMAIL

LISMORE golfer Sam Brazel will return to Australia this week to compete in the World Super 6 tournament in Perth.

Brazel, 38, is playing on the European Tour this year and finished equal 12th in the Maybank Championship in Malaysia at the weekend.

He is currently sixth and the top ranked Australian on the Race to Dubai points with the season-ending tournament in November.

Playing in Perth means he will miss the Joburg Open in South Africa before taking off overseas again next month.

Lismore Workers Golf Club professional Peter Jaeger has been impressed with the start Brazel has made on the European Tour.

"About 99% of male golfers would love to be in his shoes at the moment and he's really happy with how it's going,” Jaeger said. "The beauty of the European Tour is that he has so many tournaments to play in and doesn't have to try to fill in the gaps like he had to on the Asian Tour.

"He's played five tournaments in a row and it will be good for him to come home before shooting off again. Hopefully he can just keep doing what he's doing and stay in that top 10 for the Race to Dubai points.

"He enjoys playing in all of the events but you expect he'll be up for a big one in Perth.”

Jaeger believes Brazel is ticking all the right boxes including taking on well-known professional Tony Carolan as his cadie.

He said seeing him play on the European Tour has created a buzz around town and for golf on the Far North Coast.

"It's a great thing to be able to hear the commentators talk about Sam and refer to him as the Hong Kong Open champion,” Jaeger said.

"He barely would have got a mention before so it's great to see him recognised among some of the world's best golfers.

"We've got members at our club that watch every round he plays and can't wait to talk about it when they get here.

"When he comes home he is still playing at courses across the Northern Rivers so it's a real buzz for everyone involved in golf locally.”



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