Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dinwiddie in Bid for a US Advance

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dinwiddie in Bid for a US Advance

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Byline: By Tim Taylor

Robert Dinwiddie, a history maker as an amateur, makes his debut on the US PGA Tour today after some help from Justin Rose's new coach, Nick Bradley.

The 24-year-old from Barnard Castle flagged up his potential when he held the English, Scottish and Welsh amateur championships at the same time early last season.

Now the holder of a professional card on the PGA Challenge Tour, one flight below the European Tour, he has spent the last eight weeks practising in America during a lull in the Challenge Tour.

Having battled his way through two qualifying rounds and a play-off this week ( winning one of four spots among an initial qualifying field of 110 ( Dinwiddie tees up today in the Wachovia Championship at the Quail Hollow club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bradley, a Londoner based in Florida who has replaced Nick Faldo's old guru David Leadbetter as Rose's coach, is a frequent pundit on US television and has overseen a new bloom in Rose's career.

The link with Dinwiddie is that both men are with the Octagon management group in America, who also include the glamour girl of US golf, Natalie Gulbis, in their stable.

Dinwiddie has been based in Charlotte since February and has had two coaching sessions with Bradley.

After a practice round with Luke Donald and Ian Poulter, Dinwiddie said yesterday: "John Harrison at Matfen Hall is my main coach, but it has been helpful to have a couple of sessions with Nick to keep things ticking over.

"I'll be seeing Nick occasionally when I'm in America and he has much the same simple and straightforward approach to coaching that John Harrison has and their methods are similar.

"Nick's been working on the same theme as John, trying to get my long game more consistent by keeping my lower body a bit more stable and getting more movement in my upper body. …

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