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Decorso's Big Break

He’s 36 and from Guelph, though he’s long lived in Florida. The last time he won anything was more than a decade ago. [photopress:decorso.jpg,full,alignright]He’s worked as a caddie — for Ian Leggatt. And gave up golf, to work as a contractor and as an on-course commentator on the Golf Channel covering Canadian Tour events from 2001 to 2003.

But all of this was behind Bryan Decorso yesterday when he won the South Georgia Classic, cementing a remarkable stretch of golf that has moved him from unknown to likely on the PGA Tour. Last week, Decorso took a share of the lead going into the weekend, but couldn’t hold on, finishing fourth. This week there was no question about it — Decorso hit great shots throughout the round, stayed aggressive and looked in control the entire day. He surely didn’t look like someone who last won on the Canadian Tour — and in the 1990s.

Decorso and I had a quick chat yesterday soon after he won the tournament. He said he underwent swing chances with Greg Towne and Carl Rabito, two Florida pros, only four weeks ago. Most of the changes had to do with posture and spine angle. Decorso expected the changes would take months to become part of his game; instead they took a handful of weeks.

Decorso told me his goal heading into the year was simply to retain his card and perhaps contend in a tournament. Next year he thought he might actually win on the Nationwide Tour, with the hope of hitting the PGA Tour by the time he was 38 — in 2010. He’s now contended two consecutive weeks, and has vaulted into fourth on the Nationwide Tour’s money list.

People have told me I set my goals too low, he said. My goals for the year, my first year with full status, was to stay on the Nationwide Tour, compete for a win and finish on the Top 25 list next year.
Decorso said his goal was to be on the PGA Tour in 2010, but with the win, which follows a 4th place showing in the previous Nationwide Tour tournament, vaults him into fourth on the tours money list. The Top 25 receive cards on the PGA Tour.

This win is a surprise, he says. I didnt see it coming, but Id been dedicated to changing my swing and it has paid off.

The Guelph Mercury has a good backgrounderon Decorso here, from the point where he qualified for the Nationwide Tour. The Globe’s Lorne Rubenstein has some nice coverage of Decorso’s win as well.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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