Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Rhys Davies   (Getty Images)
Rhys Davies (Getty Images)
Rhys Davies says he is ready to battle his way back to the top as the Welshman attempts to make a winning return to the European Challenge Tour at this week’s Gujarat Kensville Challenge.

Davies heads a strong field, which also includes a Major Champion in 2002 US PGA Championship winner Rich Beem, as the 2013 Challenge Tour season tees off at a sun-soaked Kensville Golf and Country Club, near the Indian city of Ahmedabad.

The 27 year old claimed his sole European Tour victory at the prestigious Hassan Trophée II on the way to finishing 18th in The 2010 Race to Dubai and that superb season came straight after a stunning rookie year on the Challenge Tour.

In just his third appearance and playing on an invite, Davies sealed a dream home win at the 2009 Wales Challenge before another victory at the Challenge de España helped him to a fourth place finish in the Rankings.

After a disappointing 2012 in the top tier, Davies is now keen to rebuild some momentum and get back to where he belongs.

“I am just focussed on this season now,” he said. “I’ve moved on from last year, I have had plenty of time to go over it and work out things. To be honest, it wasn’t drastically bad, it just didn’t really seem to go my way for much of the season but now I want to move on and play well this year.

“I am just here to play and compete and if I can put some good scores together early in the season that would be great. I haven’t really set major goals for the season, I am just here to get some competitive golf going and try to shoot some good scores and get to the top of the leaderboard.

“I had a great 12 month period through the end of 2009 and the start of 2010, no doubt about that, but I worked as hard as anybody to get to The European Tour and where I was.

“Now I just have to keep working on it, there is no magic secret to find it again. You just need to keep working hard and wait for a good thing to come your way.

“I am really looking forward it this week, I haven’t competed for a while and quite a lot of us have had a winter break and it’ll be good to get back out there and try and put some good scores together.”

One source of inspiration Davies can draw from is that of his compatriot, friend and another former Challenge Tour winner Jamie Donaldson, who is now 30th in the Official World Golf Ranking after claiming the biggest win of his career at the recent Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

“Jamie has been great recently,” said Davies. “I played with him in the World Cup in 2011 and he was showing strong signs back then. He was playing really well. I know him well and it’s good to see what he has done, I’m really pleased for him and hopefully I can catch him up over the next couple of years.”

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