FORMER European Tour star Mark Davis admits that playing on the PGA EuroPro Tour could help him kick-start his career in 2005, as he prepares to take part in The PokerMillion.Com Championship.
Davis will be among the competitors for the fourth event of the PGA EuroPro Tour season, which starts at Northampton’s Collingtree Park on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old has seen his recent career dogged by injuries, including knee and wrist surgery, after making his name on the European Tour with wins in the 1991 Mitsubishi Austrian Open and 1994 Hohe Brucke Open.
“I had some bad injuries but am now getting back into competition,” said Davis, who represents Thorndon Park GC.
“I want to get my European Tour card back, and am looking to play as much tournament golf as possible this summer.
“Playing in competitive events like this is great for me, rather than making the odd appearance in Pro-Ams.
“The PGA EuroPro Tour itself is excellent for youngsters making their way in the game.
“The prize money is top heavy, which is good because it means you have to do well to win money rather than making the cut and getting a cheque. That makes people want to win.”
Davis has previous experience at the Northamptonshire course, finishing 73rd and 69th when the British Masters was held at Collingtree Park in 1995 and 1996, when Sam Torrance and Robert Allenby took the spoils.
“I’ve played in a couple of events at Collingtree before and enjoyed it,” he said.
“They took a bit of stick for the condition of the greens but it’s a nice course and I understand it’s in excellent condition.”
He has also kept an eye on the recent PGA EuroPro Tour events, with Australian John Wade winning the last two tournaments, at Whitekirk and the Players Club in the past fortnight.
“John’s a good player,” added Davis. “He has had his card on the main tour too and he’ll be a man to beat once again this week.”
Also in the field is European Tour member Simon Hurd, who won The Peugeot International on the 2004 PGA EuroPro Tour and went on to win his 2005 European Tour Card at Qualifying School.