ANDREW DODT will take plenty of confidence into the final stage of the Asian Tour after playing “really solid” at the Australian Open.
Dodt fired a final-round three-under 69 to finish at three-under and a tie for 23rd.
“It was nice to finish strong,” Dodt said. “It was my best round of the week. I know the score says that, but all parts of my game were really solid.”
The 32-year-old was one of three Hunter players to make the cut at The Lakes. James Nitties (74,72,75,72) was a tied for 60th at five over, two shots ahead of Nathan Green (77,68,75,75).
Dodt rued a “costly” double bogey at the 16th on Saturday which stalled momentum.
“I had it to three-under par for the tournament and gave it straight back with a double,” Dodt said. “I don’t feel like I got full value out of my game. I couldn’t put a score together for how well I was hitting it. It was all there, but unfortunately I didn’t put it all together. I was probably only three or four shots off a really, really good week.”
Dodt, who became a dad a fortnight ago, will now turn his attention to Asia, where he is 58th on the money list.
“The Aussie card is sorted so I probably need to focus on playing a couple of Asian Tour events,” he said. “More than likely, I won’t play the Australian PGA. It’s whether I go to Mauritius or Thailand. Maurittius is tri-sanctioned with the Asian, Europe and South African tours. Then I finish with the Indonesian Masters.”