High-flying Dodt can expect busier future
WINNING the Thailand Classic at the weekend has turned Gatton product Andrew Dodt's world upside down.
When he spoke to the QT he had not even had time to calculate the ramifications of his big win.
He had just got off the plane from Thailand, caught a train from Sydney to his home in Newcastle and conducted three interviews before he had time to unpack his bags.
Dodt has barely come to terms with the fact he won the tournament, let alone what it means for his future.
Dodt fired a final round 67 on the Black Mountain Golf Club course to finish 16 under par and beat fellow Aussie Scott Hend by a stroke.
"It's starting to sink in a bit now," Dodt said.
"I was always one or two shots behind most of the day.
"The first time I saw the leaderboard was on the 16th.
"I couldn't believe I was in front."
Only two months earlier Dodt had come through Q School qualifying at Spain, earning partial entry onto the 2015 European Tour.
That meant invites to selected tournaments only.
The Thailand Classic, with a prize pool of US$2m, is part of the European tour.
Dodt, as a winner, now has full entry to all European events for the year.
It has been almost five years since his only previous win on the European tour, in India in 2010.
But the 29-year-old's win in Thailand is not that much of a surprise.
He had a liking for the course and felt his game was coming together at just the right time.
"I've always liked playing there," he said of the Black Mountain course.
"It's easy to say now.
"But I've had two top 10s there.
"And I felt last week my game was in pretty good shape.
"They say there is only three or four weeks of the year you're at the top of your game.
"So you've got to make the most of it."
Whether or not he can cash in further on his window of opportunity is uncertain.
Originally he had planned a break following the Thailand Classic.
Now, with full European exemption, he is not so sure.
Once he has unpacked his bags he will give it some thought.
- Age: 29
- Clubs: Titlist
- First golf club membership: Gatton Golf Club
- Height: 184cm
- Turned pro: 2007.