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Major-less Chalmers beefs up golf schedule

AAP logoAAP 3/01/2017 Evin Priest

Greg Chalmers has crammed his New Year schedule on the US PGA Tour in a bid to gain entry into at least one major championship for 2017.

The veteran from Perth - currently without exemption into any of golf's four majors - will tee it up in six out of the first eight events of the year.

First up is this week's Tournament of Champions in Maui, a 32-man event with no 36-hole cut featuring only players who have won on the US PGA Tour in the past 12 months.

Chalmers will tee it up alongside three other Aussies including world No.1 Jason Day, Aaron Baddeley and Rod Pampling.

He will then continue his whirlwind tour of America's west coast at the second leg of the Hawaii swing, the Sony Open.

Once in California, the 43-year-old will contest the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Genesis Open in Los Angeles before heading to Florida for the Honda Classic.

A five-time winner in Australia, Chalmers secured his first career win on the US PGA Tour at the Barracuda Championship in July, but the modified Stableford event did not come with usual exemptions into the majors.

Speaking at the Plantation course at Kapalua, Chalmers said he was refreshed having not touched a golf club since the Australian PGA Championship in early December.

"I'm not in any majors to my knowledge, so I'll keep playing," Chalmers told AAP after a practice round.

"I'll miss the (CareerBuilder Challenge in Palm Springs) but I'll play every event on the west coast. I'll then go to the Honda (Classic) and then I'll take a week or two off."

Chalmers' secret to avoiding fatigue will be to avoid return trips to his US base in Texas.

"I'm not going to go back to Dallas in between tournaments so my travel will be pretty easy. And I've played all those (California) courses a lot so I won't need to overwork it."

Chalmers said his 2016 victory on the lucrative main tour - which came after 386 starts - had given him the self-belief to become a multiple US PGA Tour winner.

"It did a lot it made, me a little more patient with myself and made me realise you don't have to be perfect to win," Chalmers said.

"Goals are really simple on the PGA Tour - win and win again."

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