Brigman warmed up for his opening-round 66 – six under par – at The Hills course in Arrowtown with a tandem hang-gliding flight on Wednesday in Queenstown, the self-proclaimed adrenaline sports capital of the world.
“I went hang-gliding yesterday hoping that would free me and up and take a bit of fear out of me,” Brigman says.
“I putted fearlessly today, rolled it extremely well, and made a ton of putts. The greens are rolling well, they’re not super-fast so you can be aggressive.’’
Brigman, an extreme-sports junkie, went bungy-jumping in Queenstown three times on the eve of last year’s NZ Open at The Hills course, but thought he better “tone it down” this year.