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Tuesday, 05 September 2017
David Lipsky  (Getty Images)
David Lipsky (Getty Images)

David Lipsky is confident he can rediscover his early season form when he returns to a happy hunting ground at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club this week.

The American won his first European Tour title at Omega European Masters in 2014 and came close to adding his second earlier this campaign as he claimed three top fives in his first seven events.

He has made just one of his last seven cuts but three of those events were on links courses and Lipsky has no doubt his game will stand up on more familiar terrain.

"I played really consistently the first half of the year and then played poorly over the summer - I've never played well at links golf to be honest!" he said. 

"I just have to accept that and know that my game is pretty good and I'm in a good position on the Race to Dubai for the rest of the year so I'm looking forward to finishing it out."

Like all previous winners of this historic event, Lipsky now has a plaque in the middle of the town to commemorate his 2014 victory - a play-off win over Graeme Storm.

He returns to the stunning mountain setting for the sixth consecutive year and believes he knows the key to victory at one of his favourite venues.

"I think it's my sixth year here and I look forward to coming back every year, it's just beautiful and stunning," he said.

I think it's my sixth year here and I look forward to coming back every year, it's just beautiful and stunning - David Lipsky

"The golf course looks like it's in great condition so I'm really looking forward to the week.

"They had me do some media thing when they put it in and it was just awesome to see my name there and know it's going to be there forever. It's a great feeling.

"You need to adjust. The elevation changes with the temperature so when it's colder it plays closer to normal and when it's warmer it can play even more. It's really how you control your distance this week, it's the key to this course."

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