Ablett plots his way to School

James Ablett   Picture: Rob Atkins
James Ablett Picture: Rob Atkins
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JAMES ABLETT insists he still has the ambition to make it as a tour professional after another impressive campaign on the PGA Southern Region.

The 37-year-old from Lee-on-the-Solent has picked up eight victories and is currently top of the money list with earnings of nearly £13,000 in 30 events this season.

The ambition is still very much there

James Ablett

Although the left-hander has often impressed on the Pro-Am circuit, he has been unable to bridge the gap to the European Tour.

But Ablett is planning a stint on the Europro Tour next month before he has another crack at Qualifying School.

Ablett said: ‘The ambition is still very much there.

‘But I know there is room to improve.

‘I will be going for Q School again this year and I’m hoping to play on the Europro in August.

‘If I can shoot the numbers I have been in some of the PGA events, I would have a good chance of doing well.

‘And playing a three-round tournament against fellow pros, would get me settled in that environment for Qualifying School.

‘I have been there four or five times.

‘I’ve got to the second stage and led it last year but then putted poorly.

‘But I still believe I can do well if I am playing and putting well.’

Ablett has cut a frustrated figure on the greens in recent weeks and he has now switched to a new putter to find some new consistency.

He said: ‘I’ve putted well during the season but I’ve also putted horrendously.

‘So I’ve changed my putter in the past couple of weeks.

‘I’ve been trying to find that consistency and it’s definitely improved.

‘I seem to roll the ball better.

‘Earlier in the year, I had two rounds at the same golf course.

‘I had 25 putts one day, which is the best I’ve had for years and then 39 the next day to lose the tournament by three shots.

‘You need to be hovering around the 30-mark or below.

‘I went to Open qualifying and played okay, but I only had two one-putts in 36 holes.

‘That doesn’t cut it at any level you play.

‘The long game is there or thereabouts for most pro golfers, so it’s usually about who is putting well.’