Monday, March 16, 2009

Chris Doak, Paul Arthur

join up again for

Madeira Open this week

Chris Doak, last year's PGA No 1, resumes
his rookie season on the European Tour this
week and will be reunited with the caddie
who helped him achieve one of the most memorable
moments of his career.
The 31-year-old Scot, pictured right, competes in the Madeira Islands
Open and will have a familiar face by his side in the
shape of Paul Arthur, the Edinburgh bagman who
aided Doak's successful European Tour qualifying
school campaign in Spain last November.
Doak was forced to sacrifice the services of Arthur
for his first three events of the season in South Africa
at the turn of the year but, with the tour now hitting
European soil for a spell, the Tartan Tour star is hoping
the partnership can bear fruit again.
"Paul was a huge part of the qualifying school success
and I always said that once the tour got back to
Europe I'd get him on board again," said Doak. "He
joined me in America recently for a couple of mini-tour
events to get the partnership up and running again and
we got on well. We're a good team and now I want us
to get started on the tour."
Doak, like many qualifying school graduates, has not
competed on the main circuit since the Joburg Open in
early January and the former Northern Open winner

"You win a tour card at Q-school but then quickly
find it's a struggle to get starts.
“But I have Madeira next week and then, hopefully,
Spain and Portugal after that so this is a chance to
make some strides. It's all about making the most of
the chances."



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