Belgium’s Christopher Mivis is certain that a positive mindset will correlate to improved results on the course as he prepares for this week’s Vierumäki Finnish Challenge.
The 33-year-old started the season strongly, but a mid-season dip saw him drop down the Road to Mallorca standings and he is hoping to rediscover his early season magic in Finland.
“The start of the season was very good, finished second in Cape Town and Durban, two weeks in a row, starting the season like that was huge” he said.
“Then I had some weeks that I was playing okay, but the mistakes were too big, so you miss the cut by one, by two. Then you start to force things and it’s even going worse then.
“The last two weeks I’m playing very well again, you can see it immediately with the scores. Looking forward to playing here in Finland, a very nice course. “
Mivis has pedigree at this week’s event, finishing third last year and is looking for a decent run of form as the Challenge Tour stays in Northern Europe over the coming weeks.
“It is always nice to be here” he commented. “Last year I had a good finish here as well, I would like to improve that by two places!
“Finland, I know the course, a really nice track. I am looking forward to the Scandinavian Swing, the courses are always demanding, and the conditions are never easy. It is always a good test for us.”
Mindset and mentality are key for the Belgian, currently ranked 18th in the Road to Mallorca standings, as he looks to maintain a coveted top 20 spot at the end of the season.
“Of course, we are going more towards the end (of the season) now” he said. “You want to find your A-Game and have some good results to stay in the top 20 and go to the DP World Tour.”
“I just want to enjoy it on the course, I felt the last weeks have been tough to do that, lots of frustration, I think every golfer knows that feeling.
“The last two weeks were much more fun and all of a sudden you see that the putts drop much more easily, and the mistakes are less big.
“For me the most important thing is to enjoy it and have fun, the results will follow, what place that will be we will see at the end.”
The Vierumäki Finnish Challenge begins at 7.45am local time on Thursday 4th August with Mivis teeing off at 1.15pm alongside Portugal’s Vitor Lopes and Sweden’s Christopher Feldborg Nielsen