Trevor a lone ranger in Arizona

Trevor Immelman will be the only South African in the field at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and must stick to his guns to tackle the $1,098,000 tournament starting Thursday.

The 2008 Masters champion will have the top 100 of the world ranking on his mind when he tackles TPC Scottsdale course this week, but faces nine of the top 10 on the PGA Tour Money List.

Immelman made his way into the top 30 of the World Ranking in February 2006 and retained amongst the world’s top 30 until March of 2009, the season in which he began struggling with a wrist injury.

That injury – tendinitis of the wrist – plagued him throughout the following years and in March 2011 he dropped to an all-time low of 289th in the world.

He has since clawed his way back through the ranks to his current position of 144th, and he will be adamant to break into the top 100 before the halfway mark of the season.

Despite his trouble over the last three years, Immelman has continued to ‘get back on that horse’ and will come out guns blazing at the 7,216-yard, par-71 Arizona course.

The tournament has attracted world number six Webb Simpson and number nine Dustin Johnson, and with ranking points on offer, Immelman can expect a showdown over come the weekend.

The stiffness of the competition does not stop there – three 2012 PGA Tour tournament winners will be compete this week and Immelman is one of 10 major champions in the field.

The 32-year-old has experience under his belt and must not shoot from the hip if he wants to continue his climb up the world ranking and eventually regain his former glory.

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