Tuesday, 04 September 2012
Max Kieffer (shotsonthefairway.com) ()
Max Kieffer (shotsonthefairway.com) ()
Max Kieffer has admitted that worrying over his position in the Challenge Tour Rankings has caused him so much stress that he is going to try to avoid looking at them for the rest of the season, having slipped out of the top 20 for the first time this year.

The German was pushed down to 21st place in the wake of the Rolex Trophy two weeks ago, following a steady decline from the Rankings' summit after winning the opening tournament in India, where he beat local favourite Rahil Gangjee in a play-off to claim the Gujarat Kensville Challenge title.

It is a regression the 22 year old from Dusseldorf, the same home city as Martin Kaymer, is acutely aware of, but is trying to forget as he looks to bounce back with a positive week at the M2M Russian Challenge Cup.

After some swing changes, he has taken his coach out to watch him play tournament golf for the first time this year at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club and hopes to reap the rewards.

“I try not to look at the Rankings anymore,” said Kieffer. “I know to finish top 20 I probably need around €60,000 to €65,000 and to finish in the top 15 I need over €70,000 but I just need to play my best from here on in.

“I have looked too much at the Rankings in recent weeks and it doesn’t help. You just have to go out and play your golf and try to do your best.

“You do a little bit of counting and obviously it’s a bit disappointing that I'm 21st now, having spent the whole year inside the top 20, but that’s how it is and I just have to keep working hard and stay patient, that’s all you can do.

“I was playing okay in the middle part of the season but then I struggled a bit in the Scandinavian stretch. I made some swing changes because I was fading a lot and my grip got weak and I was opening the club face too much, but it was tough to play with those changes at the Rolex Trophy.

“I have my coach with me this week. I'm still not hitting it great, but in golf things can change quickly.”

That point was certainly proven by the incredible rise of Kristoffer Broberg in recent weeks and Kieffer believes he has that kind of form in his locker, but just needs to wait for it to happen.

“I had never seen Broberg before but he came through so quickly,” he said. “There are so many more guys out here who have the talent to do what he did. You just have to stay patient and work hard for it.

“I feel like I could do that at some point, whether it is this year or next year. Most of the guys could do it at some point. You just get that bit of confidence, and confidence is the most important thing in this sport.

“One thing is for sure, I'm not looking at the Rankings anymore. I just want to play well and enjoy it and this is a nice week to do that. It’s a nice course with great practice facilities, and if the weather stays good I think it’s going to be a great week to just play golf. That’s what I need.”

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