Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Andrew Oldcorn in the mood to win Scottish 

Senior Open after success in Germany

                           Andrew Oldcorn (picture by courtesy of GettyImages(c)
Edinburgh's Andrew Oldcorn believes that his win at the WINSTONgolf Senior Open in Germany a few weeks ago has provided him with a timely boost ahead of what he regards as a crucial run of events on the European Senior Tour, starting on Friday with his home event, the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open.
The two-time Senior Tour winner secured his first victory in five years at WINSTONgolf, as he beat the defending Scottish Senior Open and current Senior Open champion, Paul Broadhurst in a play-off.
The Scottish Senior Open, played on the Fidra course at Archerfield Links Golf Club is the first of four weeks of events on the schedule, culminating with the Paris Legends Championship at the end of September, which will be played on the 2018 Ryder Cup course, L’Albatros.
“I definitely feel different to how I did before winning in Germany,” said Oldcorn. “It places a little bit of pressure on all of us to perform in each tournament, because there aren’t many chances to get a decent run.
“We have a good run of tournaments over the next few weeks, finishing in Paris on the Ryder Cup course, which is one of my favourite courses in the world, never mind Europe.
“It’s important to build momentum. The win a few weeks ago helps me mentally and takes a little bit of the pressure off me. I can take care of business and do the best I can, rather than force things. I need to remember to relax and get on with it.

“Whenever you play in a home open, or in tournaments that are branded as your national event, people maybe expect a little more of you. I’ll try and just treat it like a normal tournament. It’s about trying to apply yourself to what you need to do.”
Both courses at Archerfield, the Fidra and the Dirleton, were designed by fellow Senior Tour member David ‘D J’ Russell, and is a course that Oldcorn is very familiar with.
“It’s a wonderful golf course, all the guys really like it here,” said Oldcorn. “It’s in as good a condition as I’ve ever seen it. Steve Cram (Course Manager) has been here just over a year. He’s a great greenkeeper and has very high standards.
“It’s so beautiful out there too. The first 11 holes are played through pine trees and then you’re out in links country. The greens here are very subtle too. They are good, it’s just difficult reading them; I still struggle sometimes round here, even though I’ve played it a lot. 
“But familiarity can sometimes be to your detriment if you go to a place you’ve played a lot. Combined with the fact it’s your home tournament, that can sometimes lead to a lack of focus.

Ticket information for the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open is available here, and to find out more about Prostate Cancer UK's continued work in golf from hosting a golf day to making mistakes matter by 'Chipping In', click here.
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