Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gleneagles winners Hedblom, Havret hoping for happy returns

Peter Hedblom and Grégory Havret, the 2009 and 2008 champions, have confirmed they will play in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles from August 26 to 29, both seeking to win the Championship for a second time.
Hedblom secured his sixth career victory at the Championship last year with spectacular five under par 67 and, after a lacklustre start to the season, is looking forward to returning to defend his title. He explained, “Last year I had a similar start to the season and until the week before the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles I hadn’t had a single top 30 finish. I lost in a play off the week before and then things just clicked for me when I arrived at Gleneagles. It is a very special place and I always look forward to returning and I will go all out to defend my title. I think the field will be unbelievably strong this year as it is the final qualifying event for the European Ryder Cup team and everyone is trying to make one final attempt to qualify or to catch Monty’s eye for a captain’s pick!”
The 2008 Champion, Grégory Havret, finished second at the US Open last week with an impressive final round 72, three shots better than his playing partner Tiger Woods. Havret has jumped up the rankings from No.391 to No.104 and is looking forward to the rest of the season with his eye firmly on a place in the European Ryder Cup team.
He explained, “Finishing second was a big surprise but a big disappointment too as I was in a great position. However, I take a lot of positives out of my performance and feel I played very well and handled the pressure. I am pleased overall with the way I handled it and obviously it has given me a real boost towards my goal of qualifying for the European Ryder Cup team. With only ten weeks to go, every point is going to count and I think for many players it will come down to the final week at Gleneagles. I have played well at Gleneagles over the past couple of years so hopefully it will be a great week for me.“



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