Friday, 19 March 2010

Gareth Paddison heads to Austria for the MAN NÖ Open looking to complete back-to-back wins on the Challenge Tour and in doing so become the fourth double winner of the season after Edoardo Molinari, Joost Luiten and Ross McGowan.

The 27 year old from New Zealander, who credits a large proportion of his recent improvement to new coach Jason Floyd, is currently seventh on the Rankings after winning the A.G.F. Allianz Open des Volcans – Challenge de France.

“Ideally I would like to win again soon,” said Paddison. “As soon as you win on the Challenge Tour your mindset changes.

“I have been out here for five years and would get frustrated at times because you see guys that you have played with for years starting to win tournaments and wonder why you can’t finish them off because you feel you are every bit as good as the players who are winning the events.

“It is such a battle on the Challenge Tour – you can find yourself jumping up and down in frustration because you haven’t been able to win, but then all of a sudden you do it and realise that you can keep doing it.

“The goals for the season have changed now – at the start of the year I thought I might struggle to get my Tour card through the Rankings, but now I just want to finish as high as I can.

“You look at The Open this week as well and think, ‘I want to be there next year’. The Open is the most prestigious event in the game and every single guy on the Challenge Tour wants to be there, playing in Majors – that’s why we are all out here and I believe I am good enough to get there.”

Challenge Tour Rankings leader Molinari, who played in the last two Open Championships as an amateur, making the cut on both occasions, will also be at Golfclub Adamstal for the MAN NÖ Open along with Challenge Tour Number Two Luiten. A victory for either would see them secure instant promotion to The European Tour by winning for the third time in a single Challenge Tour season.

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