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Alexander Knappe - The DP World Tour iron man aiming to play every event in 2023

Alexander Knappe - The DP World Tour iron man aiming to play every event in 2023

Alexander Knappe may have played more events than anyone else on the DP World Tour so far this season but the German insists he has no intention of slowing down after his current three-week break.

Of the 273 players currently on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex, Knappe is the only one to have played every possible week, racking up 13 appearances since November.

The hectic schedule looks to be paying dividends for the 34-year-old, who is on course for a career-best finish in the Rankings, and with no DP World Tour event either side of the Masters Tournament he is now enjoying a well-earned rest at home.

He plans to be back in action at the ISPS HANDA - CHAMPIONSHIP in Japan next month, however, and has revealed he is hoping to play every event for which he is exempt between now and the end of the season.

"I am glad to be home but, while this sounds weird and some people are making fun, I really like to play this year on the Tour and I'm kind of sad that we have such a long break," he said.

"But it's good for my body, my health, my mental strength just to have some time off and then get ready for the next four events because I'm planning to most likely play all the events this year.

"I'll obviously have to monitor how my body and my game feels, you never know, maybe down the road I'll have to take a week off but right now as it stands I want to play every event."

A two-time winner on the European Challenge Tour in 2016, Knappe reached a career-high 104th on the Official World Golf Ranking on the eve of starting his debut DP World Tour season.

He finished 140th on the Rankings to lose his playing privileges - dropping out of the top 1,000 on the world rankings in 2019 - but after another Challenge Tour graduation season with multiple wins, he believes he is better equipped this time around and sits 34th in the Rankings with two top tens.

"I remember last time I got on Tour my world ranking was quite good, I was almost top 100 in the world and then I started thinking about getting into the big events like the Majors," he said.

"I really got too strict on my schedule and I was so performance orientated and the first step I should have done looking back was to maintain my card in the first year.

"Everything was so new to me so this time I have a different approach. I haven't played a full schedule on the DP World Tour for a long time so at the beginning of the year I was actually quite nervous playing in these events.

"The game is good and I'm playing well, so there's not much difference but in my mind it felt a little bit different.

"I said to myself I have to get so many reps in to feel comfortable and do well, so that is my game-plan this year: play as much as I can, learn as much as I can and maybe next year I might play a little bit less.

"Keeping my job is my priority but on the other hand, I try not to think too much about it because I feel like when I play really well I can compete to win and I've proven that twice this season, that I can do better and maybe win a tournament. I see my countrymen Marcel Siem and Nick Bachem win tournaments so it is possible.

"My approach is to go to every tournament and play as well as I can to have a chance that week. I don't have a ranking goal or a goal to get to the DP World Tour Championship, that will automatically come if I put the work in and the golfing Gods let some putts drop in.

"I know I can keep my card by doing that and eventually do better.

"I played with Marcel in Singapore and I could compete with him and he won two weeks later in India and that gives me a feeling that it's possible for me as well, it's not something that is so far away, if I do the right things and I get a little but lucky maybe that could happen to me as well."

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