While many of the biggest names in golf, professional sport and showbusiness formed a unique mutual appreciation society at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns in the dunhill links championship last week, South African Titch Moore kept his focus on one thing – preparing for the Open de Toulouse on the European Challenge Tour, which tees off on Thursday.
While the celebrity extravaganza on the east coast of Scotland was a luxury break for Moore, he is well aware that his priorities lie on the Challenge Tour, where he has three tournaments left before the Challenge Tour Grand Final at the end of October to move from 39th on the Rankings into the coveted top 15.
The 27 year old, who won the Skandia PGA Open at Falsterbo GC in Sweden last month, has accumulated €25,611 so far this season, and he hopes to add enough prize money to that total to graduate to the European Tour International Schedule next year.
His quest begins at the Golf de Toulouse Palmola this weekend, where 120 players will do battle for the €18,330 top prize.
After that, the Challenge Tour moves onto Wales for the Ryder Cup Wales Challenge, before pitching up in Mallorca for the dual ranking Turespaòa Mallorca Classic that carries an impressive €400,000 prize fund.
“It might sound strange to some people to say that the Open de Toulouse is more important than the dunhill links championship but it’s absolutely true in my case,” said Moore.
“I mean last week in Scotland was a nice luxury, but the Challenge Tour is so important to me right now because I feel that I can still make the top 15 and that would give the opportunity to play in the big tournaments week in, week out next year.
“My win at the Skandia PGA Open has put me in a position to make it into the top 15 but I’ll have to play very well next week and then hopefully continue that into Mallorca where you can really make a move on the Ran kings with a good finish because the prize money is so good.
“If I can get my confidence high after playing at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns then I’m sure I can continue for the next few weeks – even though I’m feeling very tired at the moment.
“I’ve played for nine out of the last ten weeks and I’m starting to feel the effects of that. At the start of the season I said that I wouldn’t play any more than four tournaments in a row – but I’m learning that you can’t make predictions like that.”
Moore joins 12 out of the 17 Challenge Tour victors from this season in the south of France at the 6732 yard, par 72 Golf de Toulouse Palmola venue.