May 15, 2019

Canada’s Macdonald wants to get ‘ball rolling’ in Qinhuangdao

QINHUANGDAO, CHINA—Canada’s Stuart Macdonald is excited for this week’s Qinhuangdao Championship as the former Tour player looks to emulate compatriot Richard Jung, who won the Beijing Championship on Sunday and win on the PGA TOUR Series-China.

Macdonald, 24, had a solid start to his professional career after graduating from Purdue University in 2016 and has already played a full year on the Tour, in 2018. However, after a long season in America, Macdonald failed to retain his card and is hoping a good year in China will send him back to the Tour in 2020.

This season, Macdonald got off to a hot start, tying for second at the Tour’s third Global Qualifying Tournament to earn his full Tour card. He followed that success with back-to-back top-25s in the season’s opening two events. He then tied for 59th in Haikou before missing his first cut last week in Beijing.

“I didn’t have my best stuff last week, but the game still feels good. I’m trying to get better every day, and hopefully this will be a good week,” said Macdonald, who felt inspired to see a fellow Canadian win on Tour. “Richard Jung is a good player. I know his name, and it’s always nice to see a Canadian win. I hope I can continue that trend this week.”

This year, Macdonald also has the support of Golf Canada after he was named to the 2019 Canada Young Pro Squad, which aids up-and-coming players in their early professional years.

“Being a part of the Golf Canada program is really helpful. They help you financially, and they give a lot of resources like coaching and being able to get a psychologist and a physio guy. We have training camps, which has helped me a lot,” said Macdonald, who begins play Thursday at 7:20 a.m. “This week specifically is very important for me because I want to get the ball rolling and hopefully try  to get some momentum going for the rest of the season.”