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Friday, 19 March 2010
Eddie Polland will ignore the agony of a broken toe to chase back-to-back European Seniors Tour victories in the Elf Seniors Open at Chantaco in South West France.

The former Ryder Cup star, winner of the Lawrence Batley event 12 days ago, fractured the little toe of his left foot in a bizarre accident at home last Sunday.

He explained: "I broke off watching TV to fetch a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit and stubbed my toe against the leg of a chair. The pain was terrible and hospital X-rays showed a clean break. I couldn't get a shoe on until yesterday and I'm still hobbling.

"I'm so injury prone they should hang a GUR sign around my neck but I'm looking on it as a good omen. My win in Yorkshire came seven days after they took the stitches out following keyhole surgery to remove knee cartilage - I'm confident I can come back and win again."

A second success would be worth £17,857 and would lift current number two Polland some £7,900 ahead of Tommy Horton, who is competing in the US Senior Open, at the top of the money list.

The 90-strong field for this last event before the Senior British Open, presented by Mestercard, at Royal Portrush includes former Open and US Open winner Tony Jacklin, who was not exempt for the US Senior Open Championship.

Other challengers include Ulsterman David Jones, the Jersey Open champion and Australian Stewart Ginn, a Japanese Tour regular making his debut on the European Seniors cicuit.

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