Greg Chalmers has never been intimidated by golf's biggest names. His wins in a star-studded Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship last year are proof of that.
When the opportunity to add a third Australasian Tour title in the space of 12 months presented itself, the West Australian reorganised his schedule to play in the ISPS Handa Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, starting tomorrow.
With Australia back on the European Tour schedule with the nation's richest golf event, Chalmers believes this week provides a great opportunity to leave his mark on a tournament at home while boosting his chances of finishing the year ranked in the world's top 50.
Apart from the prestige, such a ranking would guarantee him a start in all four majors and lucrative World Golf Championship tournaments in 2013, enhancing the opportunities to earn bigger cheques in marquee events.
Now ranked 54, Chalmers has had an outstanding last two years after investing a lot of time in his game.
"I have played solidly, nothing off the charts, with the exception of what I did in Australia last summer," he said. "It has been vanilla, which in the States translates to a very nice year, but it just hasn't been remarkable.
"I am charting really well for a spot in the top 50 in the world and it is one of the reasons why I am here this week."
Chalmers has collected $1.2 million on the US Tour this year, missing just five cuts in 25 starts in what has overall been a lean season for his compatriots.
He said the Perth International was a great opportunity to bank some ranking points before events in Kuala Lumpur and China.
"It (Perth) is where I got my start in golf and that is another major reason for coming down here," Chalmers said.
He will be back in Australia in December for his defence of the Australian Open and the PGA Championship.
"I have only won nine four-round events in my career so I have not had that many chances to defend and therefore I'm looking forward to it," the 39-year-old said.
"The only guy that cares about it (defending) is the guy who is doing it and I am thrilled - it doesn't happen very often."Chalmers said he had been playing the best golf of his career but is still searching for an elusive US PGA Tour victory.
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