Bendigo golfer Kris Mueck will look to continue his strong 2016 form in this week’s South Pacific Open in New Caledonia.
The $140,000 event has attracted a strong field, with Mueck one of the favourites.
Mueck has had three top 10 finishes on the Australian PGA Tour this year and finished inside the top 10 in Morocco in a European Tour event.
The right-hander has the shot-making ability to make plenty of birdies, which is required on the Tina Golf Club layout.
James Nitties won the 2015 title with a score of 16-under par, while Adam Stephens won in 2014 with a score of 14-under par.
Mueck hasn’t played in New Caledonia since 2013 when he finished tied for 54th. Queenslander Andre Stoltz won that year at 16-under par.
Fellow Bendigo professional Andrew Martin has had two top 10 finishes in New Caledonia in the past three years, but he is not playing this year’s event.
Players to watch this week include Matthew Millar, David Bransdon, Daniel Fox, Jordan Zunic and Michael Sim.
The 72-hole tournament starts on Wednesday and concludes on Saturday.
Following the South Pacific Open, the tour heads to the lucrative $1,500,000 Fiji International from October 6-10 at the Natadola Bay Golf Club.
American star Matt Kuchar won last year’s event. Vijay Singh, Brandt Snedeker, Boo Weekly and Robert Allenby are among the big names entered for this year’s tournament.