PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Player Name

Mahal Pearce

World Ranking: 1621

Profile

Otago professional Mahal Pearce shot to prominence in 2003 when he won the New Zealand Open by two shots at Middlemore.

In 2012, he remains the last Kiwi to have lifted the New Zealand Open trophy.

Reflecting on his success of eight years ago, Pearce's assessment of what it takes to win New Zealand golf's signature tournament is clear:

"It takes a very good week," said Pearce, of winning the event as a rank outsider from Otago.

"I was playing in my own little bubble where everything just clicked into place, I took my chances and holed anything from 10 feet in - which made the difference.

"I approached the tournament in the same frame of mind as usual and maintained my concentration levels during the four days."

Pearce was in contention in the final round of the BMW NZ Open in 2011 and played well all week as a former champion.

These days he competes on the PGA Tour of Australasia and earlier this year he won the Victorian Jeep Pro-Am by one shot.

 “I played pretty solid golf today but just couldn’t get anything going,” said the 34-year-old Pearce who endured a tense finish.

“I had a feeling the late mistake may have been costly but it was great to find out I just got over the line.

“It’s a great complex here at Moonah Links and I have had an enjoyable week, it was tough but still enjoyable.”  

GALLERY

No Images

    SHOP

    • New Zealand Golf Magazine 1 Year Subscription

      New Zealand Golf Club Members who subscribe to NZ Golf Magazine through the Pro... $99.00

    • New Zealand Golf Magazine Silver Subscription

      New Zealand Golf Club Members who subscribe to NZ Golf Magazine through the Pro... $135.00

    • Junior Starter Set (Red) + membership discount

      Goldfern Junior Starter Set available in:Red:... $175.00

    LATEST NEWS

    • Mt Maunganui announce new Jennian Homes Charles Tour event

      Mt Maunganui announce new Jennian Homes Charles Tour event

      The Jennian Homes Charles Tour has grown another leg today with the exciting announcement of the new Christies ... Read More...

    • Golfing Great Peter Thomson Passes Away

      Golfing Great Peter Thomson Passes Away

      New Zealand Golf was sad to learn of the passing of Australian golfing great Peter Thomson today. He had bee... Read More...

    • Hillier falls short at Amateur Championship

      Hillier falls short at Amateur Championship

      Daniel Hillier was the lone New Zealander who progressed to the match play stages of the 123rd Amateur Champion... Read More...

    • Third place finish for Ko on LPGA Tour

      Third place finish for Ko on LPGA Tour

      Lydia Ko has risen to third place on the final day of the Meijer LPGA Classic on the LPGA Tour to continue her form... Read More...

    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Hillier, Daniel 202.00
    2 Mountcastle, Kerry 158.47
    3 McLean, Matthew 119.50
    4 Koong, Kevin 115.66
    5 Lee, Jang Hyun 87.42
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Dryland, Brittney 214.51
    2 Hung, Juliana 188.00
    3 Jung, Miree 157.69
    4 Lu, Vivian 125.60
    5 Khoo, Caryn 102.50