Thursday, May 17, 2012


Fife coach David Patrick will put his own game under the microscope after answering an 11th hour call to play in his first BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next week.
The Fife PGA professional based at Elie Sports Centre has been drafted into European Tour's €4.5million flagship event as a late replacement for Paul Wesselingh who has earned an invitation to the US PGA Senior Championship.
It means Patrick, who was due to tee up in the Lochwinnoch Pro-Am next Friday, will instead be faPROcing some of the world's best players with at least 14 major winners in the field including world no. 1 Rory Mcllroy.
"I was put on stand-by on Monday night but only had it confirmed at lunchtime today (Wed)," said Patrick who has recently been excelling off the course as the leading Scottish-based PGA professional in the Titleist PGA Assistant of the Year awards.
"It's obviously exciting to have the opportunity to play in such a prestigious tournament that you have watched on television over many years."
The former Walker Cup player is hastily rearranging his teaching diary to squeeze in some last minute practice and will use a pro-am outing at Buchanan Castle on Saturday to fine-tune his game before driving down on Sunday night.
Having never played the famed West Course before, the 37-year-old is aiming to play a couple of practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday, possibly with fellow Scot Stephen Gallacher who practices at the same facility where Patrick coaches.
"Although I have never played the course before you think you know what you should be doing off most of the tees, especially the back nine where you know where the trouble is and what shots you should be hitting," he added.
"In that sense I think I know what to expect but it is a difficult course and you'll need to hit the ball well and putt and chip well too."
With a burgeoning coaching career, Patrick revealed he won't be phased at the task ahead of him.
He added: "My main focus now is coaching so my game is what it is. I will try and clear the diary a bit in the next few days and cram in some extra practice but long as I can play my own game, and trust in myself I'll be happy."
PGA pros qualify for the lucrative Wentworth event through the Titleist PGA Play-Offs in Turkey. The top 10 qualify and Patrick lost out to Barrie Trainor in a play-off for the final spot last season.
16 May, 2012



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