It always comes to this. And there are always an unlucky few who have to go through it. It’s that time of year when there is just one event remaining in the quest to retain playing privileges on The European Tour.
The beautiful Lake Karrinyup Country Club will provide the stage for the US$2million Perth International, where those players in and around the magic number of 110 in The 2013 Race to Dubai will either have one of the greatest or one of the worst weeks of their careers.
Four of those men gave europeantour.com their thoughts on being in the Perth pressure cooker this week.
With the man in 110th position in the Race to Dubai, Gaganjeet Bhullar, not in Perth to defend his position, those in and around that position are focusing only on that magic number.
(108th in the Race to Dubai) and Richard Bland
(109th) are desperate to hold onto their current positions, while James Kingston
(111th) and Peter Lawrie
(114th) are looking for that big finish which will see them guarantee a place on The European Tour next season.
: “It’s a big week for me but I have been playing well the last few months so I just have to focus on that, focus on my game and not the position that I have in The Race to Dubai. I think the golf course here in Perth will help me to do that because you have to concentrate on every shot around here.
“You can’t afford to be thinking of anything else other than your strategy on the course and that should help take my mind off of it.
“When I missed the cut at the Dunhill Links I knew that it would come down to this week in Perth, but at least I am inside the 110 at the moment so it is all down to me. I would rather be 108th than outside the 110 and hopefully I can look after myself.”
: “At least I’m going there playing well. I played the last 45 holes in Portugal last week without dropping a shot, which in the current situation is something to be very proud of.
“It’s a great course and I absolutely loved it when we played there last year. It’s a shame it’s so far away, but needs must. There were a few guys below the 110 mark who did well last week, but Sunday’s round maybe made things a little more difficult for them and a bit easier for me.
“I’ve still got a job to do in Perth, but with the way I’m playing there’s no reason why I can’t do it.”
: “It is obviously not a great position to be in but I am here with a chance to take care of business. The golf course suits me I think: it gives you a chance off the tee and then the more accurate you can be with your irons then the more chances you will have.
“I have to treat this week as a normal tournament and I have to try and go out there and play sensible golf and see what happens. I have enough experience in this game to know what I have to do and how to handle it. I have been out on tour for 13 years and the thing is not to make an issue of it. You have to play the shots you would any other weeks and try and play sensibly.
“I am treating it is as no big deal. I just want to play this course and have a good week and if I can do that then I will have a chance to sneak inside that 110.”
: “I have flown all the way here because I have one opportunity left to save my season so I need to embrace it and go with it and see what happens. I have never been in this position before – the last time I would have been feeling like this would have been 2002 when I was trying to get onto the Tour, so it has been a while.
“My form has been terrible to be honest so there is not a lot to go on in terms of form. I have missed six out of the last seven cuts so I just have to get ready for that first tee as well as I can on Thursday morning and take it from there.
“I am in this position for one reason – it is my own fault and it is up to me to get myself out of it. I am here to do a job and to save my card. It is up to me to do it and there is really nothing more I can say or do after that.”