Player Name

Mahal Pearce

World Ranking: 1621


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.”  


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