Faldo Series Graduate Gale Posts Maiden Professional Tour Win

3 May 2018

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Five months after coming close to winning the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final, Daniel Gale has claimed his maiden professional Tour triumph in spectacular fashion.

Shortly after finishing runner-up to Brazilian Herik Machado in the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates late last year, Gale relinquished his amateur status.

And the talented Australian, winner of the Boys' Under-21 Division at last year's 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, has quickly found his feet among the professionals.

The New South Welshman fired a four-round total of 23-under-par 265 to post a nine-stroke success in the SP Papua New Guinea Open atRoyal Port Moresby Golf Club, part of the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia.

For winning the SP PNG Open, Gale now has full status on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia and will tee it up in marquee events on the schedule including the Emirates Australian Open, Australian PGA Championship and his next event, the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways.

Six-time Major champion Sir Nick Faldo said: "It's always a thrill to see players who have come through the Faldo Series go on to enjoy success in the ranks of the professionals.

"On and off the course, Daniel impressed me tremendously last year, both during the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in Vietnam and the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final in the UAE.

"To win so convincingly so early in your professional career is a promising sign. I will be following his progress closely in the months ahead." 

By his own admission, Gale, who is now fully exempt until the end of the 2019 season, was caught off guard by the manner of his victory. He said: "It hasn't fully sunk in yet, to know that I'm playing Fiji, Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship, I can't wait.

"I'll be able to get my buddies in the crowd, it feels awesome. It was one of my goals this year to get a Tour win. I've ticked that off the list and the hard work is paying off. To shoot 23-under is just insane. It's the kind of stuff you dream about."

Next up for Gale is a trip to America to attempt to qualify for the US Open and pre-qualify for a handful of Tour events.

He said the security of status on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia will take off a little pressure as he aims to compete at the highest level.

"America's my main focus, so I'm going to try and get in to the US Open. If I get in there and play well that obviously opens more doors," added Gale. "I'll focus on a couple of Tour events and potentially the Q-School as well."

The Faldo Series Asia is supported by The R&A and endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation. The International Junior Golf Academy is a partner of the Faldo Series.

As well as two events in China and Thailand, the 2018-19 Faldo Series Asia season will include championships in Australia, Bangladesh, Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.

Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006.

Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching more than 7,000 golfers each year. Past champions include Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, both multiple Major winners.