THE PGA EuroPro Tour makes its return to the Marriott Hollins Hall for The Peugeot International this week, with Simon Robinson hoping to make it a hat-trick of tournament victories.
Robinson has won the last two PGA EuroPro Tour events to propel himself to second on the Order of Merit as the battle for places begins to hot up going into the 12th tournament of the year.
The visit to Hollins Hall, which has previously hosted events in 2002 and 2003, gives 24-year-old Robinson the chance to continue his emergence towards a European Tour Qualifying School place.
“I’m looking forward to the tournament,” said Robinson, who shot 71 in the Peugeot Pro Am on Tuesday ahead of the main event.
“I’ve had a good couple of weeks and things are coming together for me. I’m learning how to play under the pressure now and it is paying off.”
Robinson will be playing alongside another 2005 winner, David Fisher, and Leeds-based European Tour player Iain Pyman when The Peugeot International begins on Wednesday.
Order of Merit leader John Wade, the only other double-winner on this year’s PGA EuroPro Tour, will play alongside Inder van Weerelt and James Holmes.
Craig Hustwit and Brian Rumney will represent Marriott Hollins Hall in the tournament.
Robinson’s level par 71 was not enough to win him a prize at the Peugeot Pro Am, with a 65 from Graham Fox seeing him take the honours, a shot ahead of Phil Worthington and Ryan Reed.
Former World Snooker champion Steve Davis (pictured, right) joined PGA EuroPro Tour chairman Barry Hearn in the Peugeot Pro Am, taking second place alongside professional Zane Scotland.
“It’s a pleasure to be involved in the PGA EuroPro Tour,” said Davis. “The PGA and Matchroom Sport and giving players the opportunities and it’s a tour that is really on the up.”
Three players – Nick Ludwell, Frank Bibby and Michiel Bothma – tied at 67 in Monday’s Marriott Hollins Hall Pro Am.