15th March 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Calderon attracted to Sunshine Tour by European prospects
He turned professional just three months ago. He already has three professional titles under his belt and now Chilean Matias Calderon is aiming for playing privileges on the Sunshine Tour.
Hot prospect Calderon won his first professional title just a week after he turned professional when he clinched the Polo Club Open in the Tour del Pacifico circuit last December. He followed that up with the Cachagua Open victory early in January of this year and the Abierto de Santa Augusta de Quintay Open. He has played only eight events in that circuit.
Now the 25-year old is determined to make it on the Sunshine Tour. And having reached the Final Stage Qualifying School via a comfortable cut made at First Stage at State Mines Country Club a week ago where he finished tied at 12th, Calderon wants to make the best of this opportunity. “I have a friend that has a Sunshine Tour card. I just think it’s a really solid tour,” he said of his decision to want a Sunshine Tour card. “The fact that you can also play some European Tour events is definitely a thing to look for.”
He is a very meticulous young professional and he says he doesn’t leave anything to chance. Therefore he pays attention to all aspects of his game. “When I work, I work on everything. Back home I have three different coaches; one for my swing, one for chipping and one for my putt,” he said, “but usually I check my stats and see where I need to put a lot of effort.”
And that sort of preparation seems to be working for him because while he has not made an awful lot of birdies at Randpark Golf Club, Calderon has not made detrimental number of bogeys either. “I have been playing really good the last three rounds but I just didn’t make the putts I needed. The golf course here is way longer than last week so you have to hit it well from tee-to-green,” he adds.
And he refuses to put any sort of pressure on himself going into the final two rounds of this week-long Final Stage. He says all he needs to do is to register some low scores because he has not played badly at all. The young Chilean is among a 29-man contingent of foreign nationals who aim to make a name for themselves on the Sunshine Tour. And with the prospect of playing European Tour events through this tour, it is not difficult to imagine why.