A one-time travelling trick-shot artist – who produced the Outback Golf Show in 2003 dressed like Steve Irwin – promises to boast the most unique background in Wednesday’s $25,000 Commercial Golf Resort Albury pro-am.
And Craig Hocknull is the only player in the professional field of around 65 to have played in a major this year – the US PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri.
“It was amazing,” he said of not only the first one he’s played, but it was also the only one he’s attended.
“I got to connect with the crowds and sign autographs, I actually had all the kids that I did autographs for, I had them sign my hat, so I had a really cool keepsake.”
The Papua New Guinea-born 43-year-old has filled a number of roles since turning pro in 1997.
“I guess being a tour professional, an instructor and a trick-shot artist, it is unique, I think I get to look at it from all angles, I get to learn, I get to play and I get to laugh,” he said.
The event has attracted a number of in-form players, including Matt Millar and Max McCardle, who were part of a seven-way tie for victory at Monday’s lucrative $50,000 Wynnum pro-am in Queensland.
Queenslander Brett Rankin, who’s not playing, leads the Order Of Merit by just $320 from New South Welshman Alex Edge, who will take his place.
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