Bradley Dredge is targeting improvements to his short game as he heads to the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage in an attempt to regain his playing privileges for next season.
The Welshman, a two-time winner on The European Tour, finished 125th in The Race to Dubai – six places from safety – and now has to come through the six-round event at PGA Catalunya in Spain to secure a 14th consecutive season at golf’s top level.
He will be one of 156 players fighting for 25 cards (plus ties) over the Stadium and Tour courses, and he knows his form on the greens needs to improve to have a chance.
“I haven't played very well for the last four years,” said the 2006 Omega European Masters champion, who will return to the Qualifying School for the first time since 1996. “Gradually my scoring has been getting worse. This year it's been more on the greens, which is unusual. I struggled the last two days on the greens in Hong Kong (his last event of 2012), so it's really holding my scoring back, not making any birdies, and it's tough to make par saves.
“It has been a bit of a change. At the end of the year it's been funny trying to battle away and keep my card. I've done that for a good few years. It's been different.
“It's just been a bit of a shame really. I don't think I'm that far away from playing well, but scores aren't adding up to the right figures at the end of it. That's what you have to do.”
Other high-profile names in the field include European Tour winners Nick Dougherty, Ross McGowan, Rhys Davies and Markus Brier, as well as 2008 Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson.