Sam Connor is looking to make it two wins in two appearances at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa when he tees it up in this week’s Bridgestone Challenge.
The Englishman triumphed on the EuroPro Tour at the Matchroom Sport Championship earlier this year, leaving the rest of the field in his wake as he soared to an outstanding total of 20 under par over three rounds after scores of 67-64-68.
Returning to a happy hunting ground this week, the 25 year old is hoping he can recapture the form that saw him claim his second professional title by seven shots just nine weeks ago.
“It was just a very good display of putting and chipping,” he said. “My long game was good enough but it was my short game that was absolutely fantastic, and mentally I was very relaxed and able to play my best golf.
“There are no bunkers and the greens are really tricky if you miss them on the wrong spot, and there are some holes where you need to have a lot of strategy as there are plenty of trees in play – it’s a very interesting test.
“I have never played modified stableford before, but from my interpretation of it you just have to go out and aggressive – that’s definitely my plan this week.”
Connor, who is making his eighth European Challenge Tour appearance of the season this week, is on the comeback trail after suffering a debilitating back injury following a fall last year.
After months spent in the physio room, and hours on the driving range remodelling his swing, Connor believes he is in a position where he can start rebuilding his career.
“Last year I hurt my neck and bad quite badly,” he said. “I was playing on the Challenge Tour in Switzerland and I tried to run and get into a garage away from some heavy rain but I slipped and fell – I really messed myself up.
“I had played nine holes of the second round and came back at nine at night after a rain delay. It was really hammering it down and when I got back to the house the friends I was staying with were already back and were cleaning their clubs in the garage.
“I must have run about 40 yards trying to get through some heavy rain but I fell straight on to the garage floor on my back and the guys took me straight to hospital as I couldn’t breathe.
“People thought I’d broken something, luckily I just had some muscle damage and whiplash, but I am still dealing with that now.
“Over the winter I tried to work on my swing but it didn’t go quite as I planned. My swing is not that much different now, but I have had to work really hard with my physio to be in a position where I can be back competing again.
“I had the win on the EuroPro Tour and have been playing okay on there, and now I am just trying to build my career back really.”