Italian Andrea Perrino is bracing himself for a tricky test this week at the Acaya Open, but believes his game is good enough to take the title.
The 27 year old believes Acaya Golf Resort in Puglia, Italy, is one of the most difficult on the Challenge Tour schedule, although recent performances – such as fifth in the Saint Omer Open presented by Neuflize OBC – have boosted his confidence.
“I’ve been playing very well recently and I’m feeling very good about my whole game,” said Perrino. “It’s difficult to say I will win because it’s a very tricky course and in golf anything can happen. But I am feeling confident, yes.
“You have to keep the ball on the fairway otherwise you have no chance of getting the ball on the green, and the fairways are very tight. I would say it’s easily as hard as a European Tour course. The greens are also very small, but they are in perfect shape.
“It can get quite windy here and I don’t think the winning score will be that low. Last year when it was an event on the Alps Tour, eight under was the winning score from three rounds.
“It’s a great week because I am at home in Italy, the weather and food are really good and the Italian players’ wives and girlfriends can all come along and enjoy some holiday time.”
Perrino, an Alps Tour graduate in 2009, believes the recent success for Italian golf is testament to the excellent support given to young players by the Italian Golf Federation.
The Molinari brothers, Edoardo and Francesco, won the Mission Hills World Cup in 2009 and after both enjoying great success last season, they represented Europe in The Ryder Cup triumph last October.
Teenager Matteo Manassero has also taken The European Tour by storm in the past two seasons, remarkably winning twice before he turned 18 earlier this year.
“The Italian Golf Federation is an incredible help, financially and with other support,” said Perrino. “We have three or four coaches on each Tour and they follow our progress closely. We are very lucky to have such good support from them.
“We also have the support of ex-players who are working with the Italian Golf Federation. Their help and advice is very useful. Several times a year we have meetings and it’s very nice to be able to talk to players like Edoardo and Francesco Molinari about their experiences. It’s good to hear their thoughts and stories.”