He’s 22 and has the golfing world at his fingertips, so it’s no wonder David Micheluzzi returns to Perth full of confidence ahead of the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open.
The grounded Victorian has had a whirlwind past 12 months that, ironically, began at Royal Perth Golf Club finishing as the low amateur at the 2017 edition of the Open. The Australian representative finished just five shots back from Stephen Leaney, a sure sign of the talent he possesses.
A victory at the Australian Master of the Amateurs further enhanced Micheluzzi’s credentials, before once again returning to Perth to finish runner-up at the Australian Amateur Championships.
Many believe a big breakthrough isn’t far away for Micheluzzi and a favourable course layout at Mount Lawley presents the perfect opportunity for another crack at a professional title.
Despite all of this, the world no. 15 Amateur remains incredibly humble as he chases his dream, with the prospect of returning to WA an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.
“I love coming to Perth,” Micheluzzi explained.
“Obviously being the low Amateur at this event last year and coming second at the Australian Amateur has left really good vibes there.”
“I can’t wait to get back.”
The Cranbourne local feels there is still plenty of room for improvement in his game, taking confidence from a string of decent results overseas.
“The past couple of weeks I’ve had some pretty good performances.” he said.
“I don’t think I have played near my best in the past few months, so coming off those results I‘ve got a lot of confidence.”
“I’m feeling good going into the WA Open.”
Micheluzzi is attempting to become just the third Amateur in 27 years to capture the Roy Paxton Bowl, revealing he will lean on his experiences at professional events during the week.
“The last year I’ve been lucky enough to play some pro events,” he claimed.
“Seeing how the professionals keep the ball in play is something I’ve taken away from those tournaments.”
“Playing with Ernie Els at the Fiji International was fantastic, seeing him control his ball flight so well was a learning experience.”
“If I can shoot consistent rounds in the 60s hopefully I can go four spots better than last year.”