• The 35-year-old is currently 125th in the Race to Dubai
• "I've not been playing well enough," he told bunkered.co.uk
MARC WARREN | SCOTTISH GOLF
Marc Warren is confident of putting together a massive few weeks as he battles to keep his European Tour card.
The 35-year-old is currently 125th in the Race to Dubai standings and, with earnings of €187,071, is more than €30,000 behind 110th-placed man Paul Dunne.
But with three big prize-money events left before the European Tour heads towards the Final Series, the Scot is confident of turning things around after an extensive period of work at home.
“It’s been a pretty slow season with a lot of change etc going on,” Marc Warren told bunkered.co.uk. “I changed coaches at the end of April, just as we were getting back to Europe, as the six to eight months before that I hadn’t quite played the way I would have liked.
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“I was losing track with what I was doing and I felt it was time for a change to freshen it up. It tends to be a three-year cycle with me and that was about three years up, funnily enough. It was right to make the change and it was actually back to a previous coach, Mike Walker, so it was a case of getting some fresh ideas.
"I’ve simply not been playing well enough" - Marc Warren
“There wasn’t a lot to do technically, just a few things to iron out and get a better understanding of what I need to be doing. It’s not miles away but I’ve simply not been playing well enough. But I’ve seen a lot a good improvements, none more so than the week I had at home.”
Marc Warren’s performances on the European Tour this year may come as a surprise to some, especially given that he ranked No.48 in the world in February 2015 and made the cut in the three majors he featured in, finishing T27 in the US Open at Chambers Bay.
Now ranked No.218, Warren’s best finish in 2016 was T11 at the Czech Masters and reaching the quarter-finals of the Paul Lawrie Match Play. However, he remains confident that he can do enough over the next few weeks to secure his playing rights.
"I need a big finish to secure my playing rights" - Marc Warren
“The next three weeks I need a big finish to secure my playing rights,” he added. “But with these three being such big events, anything is possible and there’s still everything to play for so after a tough year it’ll be great to squeeze my way in there.
“The way I’m playing, the way I’m hitting the ball in practice, is the best I’ve hit it all year. Not just in terms of ball-striking, but the feeling of actually what I’m doing. It’s really simple and I feel as if I can repeat it, which is the most important thing for a golfer.”
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