Friday, 19 March 2010

Frenchman Michael Lorenzo-Vera heads for the Credit Suisse Challenge looking to continue the exceptional run of form that has propelled him to the ‘business end’ of the Challenge Tour Rankings.

The 22 year old, who climbed to fourth place on the Rankings after his sixth place finish at the dual ranking OPEN DE SAINT-OMER presented by NEUFLICE OBC, has been riding on a wave of fantastic results for the past month, finishing fourth at the Open Mahou Madrid, second at the Oceânico Developments Pro-Am Challenge and then sixth in St Omer.

Lorenzo-Vera will arrive at the Wylihof Golf Club as one of the Challenge Tour’s form players and is hoping to have fewer problems to overcome than he did in his native France last week.

Having arrived at the Aa St Omer Golf Club on Tuesday, Lorenzo-Vera was struck down by a respiratory problem that and wreaked havoc upon his preparations. After seeking medical advice, the Frenchman got to work, starting with a fine first round of four under par 67.

His second round brought disappointment, summed up by what can only be described as the professional golfer’s greatest nightmare.

“The first round was good for me in St Omer, I drove the ball well and putted well, but then, on the Friday, I had a shank on the 17th and made double bogey,” explained Lorenzo-Vera.

“It was horrible, one of the worst things that can happen to any golfer, but I had the chance to forget about it on the 18th and thankfully I hit two good shots, so I felt better after that and managed to forget about it.”

Lorenzo-Vera did just that, and got back to playing his best golf over the weekend to record the best result of his young professional career.

“I feel good, my game is in good shape and I am just looking to continue my good results. Last week was probably the best result of my career because it was the first dual ranking tournament that I have played and the money has helped me climb the Rankings.

“Everything is going well for me and I am having a lot of fun on the golf course. The most important thing for me is having fun on the course and to try and keep the smile on my face!”

Lorenzo-Vera’s refreshing attitude to the game, coupled with his huge amount of talent and ability, make him a pleasure to watch.

He is joined in Switzerland this week by the likes of Italy’s Edoardo Molinari, who is looking to regain the Challenge Tour Number One spot this week after being leapfrogged at the top of the Rankings by Dutchman Joost Luiten, as well as 2007 Challenge Tour champions Jamie Donaldson of Wales, Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey, the English duo of Ben Mason and Ross McGowan, Belgium’s Nicolas Vanhootegem and Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay.

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