20th July 2012 | Alps Tour Golf
Andrew Cooley moved on top
England’s Andrew Cooley beat the course by 6 shots today. He signed for 65 and dog a two stroke advantage over Spain’s Pablo Herreria. Last week winner Scot Ross Kellett signed for the score of the day, 63 and took third place by his own. He made the perfect day without dropping any shot.
Cooley is playing his first season on the Alps Tour and his best result so far is a 4th place at Open Palmeraie last February in Morocco. He is often in the money but still waiting for his week.
“I played very good golf, hit the driver well, pretty straight so I kept giving myself chances and things going during the whole round. I only made one mistake at the start of the round but I recovered well with 3 birdies on the front 9 and 2 more on the back. Just kept my game going and it worked out well. This is my first year on the Alps Tour, just turned pro at the beginning of the year and it is being a great experience. But we are at the middle of the season and I would like to move up in the rankings so I need a good finish. It is very nice to play the same course where someone like Seve Ballesteros did so well”.
Spain’s Pablo Herreria will be a serious opponent to Cooley for final round. Herreria is a member of Asian Tour, already won on Peugeot Tour and working hard on confidence.
“I am playing well, putting well, hitting the driver well, chipping well, but scores did not show it and it was a bit frustrating. It’s been like that all season in Asia. Shooting 2 rounds under par here is very important to me, and I’ll try to make three in a row. It’s been a long time since I have done it. I thing is more mental than anything else, I am so obssesed on doing things right that scores don’t show how well I am playing.Once I make a little mistake I turn it into a bogey or worst. I am working on my strategy not to get into trouble on the course. I am very happy to see how things are working on here, and to me it is very important before going to Asia. The Asian Tour is hard, beautiful and very difficult, but I am enjoying it very much and want to keep my card for next year”.
By Agathe Séron
Quotes Carmela Fernandez Piera