The 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour moves to Lingfield Park this week for the BGC British Masters.
Ahead of each event on the 2012 Tour weâ€™ll be speaking to the host courseâ€™s PGA Professional and this week it is the turn of Chris Morley, resident pro at Lingfield. Below is his insiderâ€™s take on the course and donâ€™t forget to check back on Tuesday when weâ€™ll publish his guide to the five key holes.
â€œI think the wet weather has actually helped the course. A month ago it would have been like playing a links course because of the drought we are in. Now all the rain we have had has soaked it! I have been out on the course and the fairways are looking good. The rough is pretty heavy going but keep it on the fairways and the greens and you will be fine. Because it is heavier youâ€™ll be hitting onto the greens and it will just stop, so for an accurate player it will help as the ball will stop dead if they aim it like a dart to a point on the green.â€
[b]Score To Aim For[/b]
â€œAnywhere from seven to ten under for the competition is probably going to be needed to win it, I think the lowest score for a round could be 64 or 65.”
[b]Eyeing An Eagle[/b]
â€œEagles are definitely there to be had on the second, a par five, and on the 11th, a par four which is straight downhill where the green can be reached off the tee.â€
â€œThe tree-lined fairways are the biggest danger on the course; they are very narrow on the first nine holes. On the fifth youâ€™ve only got about 15 yards at the narrowest point, and you have trees on both sides on the dog leg which makes things really awkward.â€
[b]Who Does The Course Suit?[/b]
â€œYou have to be a shot maker here. It is not about distance, it is definitely about being able to hit different shots; under the wind, under the tree line, around corners. It is a shot-makerâ€™s course.â€
â€œPosition yourself off the tee on every hole.â€
â€œThe first nine are very narrow; you have to do your scoring on the first nine. If you post a low score on the front nine youâ€™ll post a low score on the back nine. The course is narrow to start out with but widens out on the back nine, so make your score on the first nine.â€
The BGC British Masters gets underway at Lingfield Park on Wednesday. Live scoring from the event will be available on this website and leaderboard updates will be posted on the Tourâ€™s official Twitter page, [url=www.twitter.com/pgaeuroprotour]@PGAEuroProTour[/url]