Pearman looking to turn back the clock
Dwayne Pearman hopes the adage of history repeating itself comes to fruition this week as he aims to turn back the clock and reclaim some former glory at the Gosling's International Invitational.
Pearman will be among a star-studded line-up, including two-times Super Bowl winner Mark Rypien and former Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Eric Gagne, competing for a share of the $70,000 purse in the professional division of the 72-hole stroke play championship, starting today and to be held at Port Royal Golf Course and Belmont Hills Golf Club.
Pearman, who captains the Turtle Hill GC team, heads into the tournament in good form having been part of the winning team at the inaugural Bermuda 3s World Team Championship last month, pipping nearest rivals Trump International Golf Club for the title by a solitary shot.
While the experienced professional is well aware of the magnitude of the task ahead, competing in a field of 105 players from 14 countries, he stopped short of ruling out the possibility of reclaiming a title he last won in 1992.
“I'm feeling pretty good,” Pearman said. “I last won the event back in 1992, so a long time ago when I was practicing and playing all the time. However, you never know with golf; it's a sport where anything can happen.
“Although I've lost a bit of distance in my drive, I have that advantage of experience and a practised hand. I've played on the course a great deal over the years. I haven't really set myself any targets. I won the Bermuda Open back in 1980, then again in 2002. It would be great to win it again.”
To get his hands on the title once again, Pearman will have to overcome a strong field which along with Rypien and Gagne, also includes a whole host of other overseas professionals.
The pair are among eight US pro athletes that are competing, while defending champion, Daniel Gaunt, of Australia, will be among the favourites having secured a comfortable eight-stroke victory in 2017.
Also returning are fellow past winners Patrick Horgan III and Kirk Hanefeld, as well as, Mathias Gronberg, of Sweden, and Brad Adamonis, of the United States, who have both competed on the PGA Tour.
They will also be joined by James Mack, the Order of Merit winner on the professional TP Tour in Britain, as well as top amateurs Herbie Aitkens and Matt Parizele.
Pearman will be joined by compatriots Daniel Augustus and Camiko Smith in the professional division, while Damian Palanyandi will be featuring in the amateur field.