Jack Senior will look towards his past performances at Zhailjau Golf Resort when he makes his fifth appearance in the Kazakhstan Open presented by ERG this week.
The Englishman has recorded two top ten results during his visits to Central Asia, where the event has alternated between Zhailjau Golf Resort and Nurtau Golf Club since 2010.
In his first season on the European Challenge Tour in 2012, Senior carded his highest finish in the world’s largest landlocked country following rounds of 70-69-65-67, which saw him claim a share of fourth at Zhailjau Golf Resort.
He returned to Zhailjau four years later and he signed for an 11 under par total to claim a share of seventh – his second tied-seventh result in 2016.
With the Kazakhstan Open returning to the Arnold Palmer designed course, Senior is confident his experience will hold him in good stead for the week.
“I have had a few good results in Kazakhstan. During my first year on the Challenge Tour I finished tied-fourth and I finished tied-seventh a couple of years ago,” he said. “It’s a course that I’ve done well on and it’s another course that I can visualise and play the shots on. Hopefully I can go there this year and compete.
“I think you’ve got to be long and straight off the tee. The greens are quite undulating, which can make it tough to get it close, but if you’re long and straight off the tee you’re going to get lots of opportunities.”
The 14th edition of the Kazakhstan Open is part of the final run-in of the Challenge Tour season with five events left before the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final caps off the season.
The 30 year old has recorded three top ten finishes in 2018 and his form is on the rise after his tied-20 finish at the Rolex Trophy was followed with a share of 12th at the Bridgestone Challenge last week.
“I feel like I’ve been playing quite well for a period of time now. It’s just a question of whether the putts drop or not,” he said. “The putts didn’t drop as much as I’d hoped for at the Bridgestone Challenge and there was a couple of loose shots, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
“I’m looking forward to the Grand Final. I’ve just got to keep pushing on now. I’ve been in this situation before, so you’ve got to keep doing your best and make sure you’re around the top of the leaderboard.”